The Real Dypsis heteromorpha

Discussion in 'PALM TREES - WHERE TROPICAL STARTS' started by Dypsisdean, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Dypsisdean

    Dypsisdean Administrator Staff Member

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    There has been lots of supposition as to what is the real D. heteromorpha. Until a much better candidate and explanation comes along, I am going with this palm. At Floribunda today, Jeff advised me that the seed and some other keys appear to indicate that this is it. But no matter what it is, you can see it is a must have, especially if it is as hardy as it should be for at least So. California.
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  2. Moose

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    Hmmm, A true Dypsis heteromorpha is supposed to be extremely rare in cultivation. As far as your palm Dean, it certainly could be ...
     
  3. Dypsisdean

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    This palm, with some variabilities, is around and in a few gardens. At any rate, these will begin to flower soon and the subsequent analysis will tell us the story.

    But whatever this palm is, as you can see, it is a very attractive palm and initial reports are that it grows very well in SoCal as well.
     
  4. yachtingone

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    Mine started flowering a week or so ago.
     
  5. Moose

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    Would love to see a photo. :jiggy:

    How many years were you cultivating it until it flowered? :FastGrow
     
  6. Dypsisdean

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    Wow - Randy's back. I could dig a photo too. It's drag and drop, auto re-size now, so simple.
     
  7. MattyB

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    This is the same palm that is growing here in CA. I have 3, one of which has been flowering for 2 years. This is a vigorously clumping Dypsis with pretty fat stems. It seems like it's gonna be 20' + easily.
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  8. Dypsisdean

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    That's a killer palm Matty. I just can't seem to get mine in gear. Kept them in the container neglected for too long, and now they are making me pay for it. Or I've got some nematode or something funky on both of the ones in the ground. I would start over if I had a fresh one.
     
  9. MattyB

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    I heard Jerry Anderson remark that this may be one Dypsis that grows better in CA than Hawaii
     
  10. Dypsisdean

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    I think they definitely want full-on all day sun. Jerry's, like mine, are in part shade. Jeff M's is cranking, and it's totally out in the open.

    Yours have been going insane with growth.
     

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