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Show me your Archie MAXIMA's

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Hi Guys, I dont think iv seen enough of these. I have non as of yet, but would love to see what I should hopefully be purchasing in other peoples gardens

I will be planting some Roystoneas but want more maximas

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Archontophoenix are such a good genus to grow in Melbourne it is surprising that not more are grown. I suspect that given how similar they are in appearance to each other the common cunninghamiana dominates and the others with exception to alexandrae are forgotten about. I think purpurea is the pick of all the Archontophoenix. There is what is labelled as a maxima at the Royal Botanic Gardens near gate D. I have purpurea and myolensis in pots. Never seen tuckeri down here but suspect that would be good down here as well.

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Ive got tuckeri, maxima, purpurea plus the standards here in geelong the tuckeri is really nice very dark green they just need water to look good i find they grow well for me there all in full sun too

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You guys in Oz have the best native palms!

I have four different Archies, and love them all. The fifth is common, so I can gaze at them in nearby gardens.

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11 hours ago, coops 3214 said:

Ive got tuckeri, maxima, purpurea plus the standards here in geelong the tuckeri is really nice very dark green they just need water to look good i find they grow well for me there all in full sun too

Yeah I've several tuckeri in blazing hot sun from 4" & yesterday commented to myself "gee Kris these things are loving the 35+C days we are receiving, though Cape York has 35C most days, unless it's raining, where 28C would still be reached".

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There are no photographs of A. Maxima in the world apparently.

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Actually this thread should be called "Tell me about your Archie Maximas."

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PICS!

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Thank guys @Sir Oxylon iv seen the one at the Bot Gardens. I wasnt very impressed. A lot of the Bot Gardens Archies are wind burnt or just meh.. Unless down by the Gully garden.

I think Archies do indeed do well here in Melbs but they need water and lots of it. Esp in Summer. My purpurea down here is such a water hog, that I have just left it standing in water in the shade and growing heaps better.

@DoomsDave I totally agree! Self cleaning, Tropical looking and fast...

@Cocoa Beach Jason hahaha! Besides.. Lets try stay on track even if I did myself speak about a purpurea.. Lets SEE some Maximas....

@Jim in Los Altos, @Jdiaz31089 American side?

@Kennybenjamin @Daryl @Pedro 65 @aussiearoids @Walter John @Josh-O??? Fellow Ozzies? @Tropicgardener - Dont recall seeing any at yours..Could be wrong

Pics Guys?

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I have the common cunninghamia and it's maybe two meters tall to highest frond. No maxima:/

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Not at all impressive, but someone has to post a freaking picture! Here's one of mine last summer. I'd post a current photo but I am in NYC!

 

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I haven't got any but last I knew NApalm had a nice one growing 

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9 minutes ago, Ben in Norcal said:

Not at all impressive, but someone has to post a freaking picture! Here's one of mine last summer. I'd post a current photo but I am in NYC!

 

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Hey, that still looks nice!

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1 minute ago, PalmTreeDude said:

Hey, that still looks nice!

It got us on the board, at least! :D

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How can you tell the difference between a tuckeri and a maxima? I have one that I think is a tuckeri but when I google maxima then I start to second guess. 

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I've only got a small one (3 feet tall) and it's easily my slowest growing Archontophoenix. Cunninghamiana just sail right past this maxima even from seed. Otherwise, I've got purpurea, adexander, myolensis, cunninghamiana, Illawara, and one some people call Mt. St. Lewis. Oh and two Inga Hoffman cunninghamiana. All (60+ of them) do really well in my Nor. Cal. Garden. 

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6 hours ago, cassowaryhill said:

Haha!! Thanks @Ben in Norcal your a legend

@Kennybenjamin cheers! @NApalm got a pic?

Anyone got some comparison with other Archies?

I have a few A. maxima growing along my creek......... young ones that have been in less than 18 months but they are starting to trunk....... Much faster than the local native A. alexandrae

 

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9 hours ago, Cocoa Beach Jason said:

Actually this thread should be called "Tell me about your Archie Maximas."

LOL

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 it's not looking great due to the dry windy hot conditions but anyway, I'll grab a pic and send it through tomorrow. sozzy

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Question: which Archie has reddish new leafs.

Wim.

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7 hours ago, cassowaryhill said:

Haha!! Thanks @Ben in Norcal your a legend

@Kennybenjamin cheers! @NApalm got a pic?

Anyone got some comparison with other Archies?

James has a nice 1 shane msg him and get im to take a pic mines looking a bit avg at them.moment my big wattle fell on it so  its only got 1 leaf just opening now

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@Tropicgardener I think he can answer this one but I also do think it's mostly Alexandra and also just luck of the draw  

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I saw there was a lack of A. maximas in this thread, so here we go. The first picture was taken at my mother's house in May of 2006 after I planted two out from 10 gallon pots. The second is in May of 2014, they now have 15 feet of trunk. They got a tad burned one year at 29F, but held up well and are dropping seeds like crazy. The house is currently for sale, I encourage people to go and take seeds from the palm, just pretend you are looking to buy a new house. :)  Best Archontophoenix for hot and humid subtropics. 

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I think Archontophoenix look best in shade, shelter from wind and lots of water in Melbourne-the ones in Melb Botanic Gardens are too exposed.

The A. alexandrae at Melbourne University regularly produce bronze new leaves, however, I think some individuals in several if not all the species can do this.

That Archontophoenix ''Mt St Lewis" I wonder if that is A. purpurea. Never heard of a Mt St Lewis but A. purpurea comes from Mt Lewis near Cairns.

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25 minutes ago, SirOxylon said:

I think Archontophoenix look best in shade, shelter from wind and lots of water in Melbourne-the ones in Melb Botanic Gardens are too exposed.

The A. alexandrae at Melbourne University regularly produce bronze new leaves, however, I think some individuals in several if not all the species can do this.

That Archontophoenix ''Mt St Lewis" I wonder if that is A. purpurea. Never heard of a Mt St Lewis but A. purpurea comes from Mt Lewis near Cairns.

Yes A. purpurea was once known as A. sp. 'Mount Lewis'......... and this was certainly the case when I first visited Mount Lewis a few decades ago..........

As for shade requirements......up here in the tropics full sun from just after seedling stage as long as they get enough water, they don't look back and don't burn due to our very high relative humidity........ A. cunninghamiana will grow here but never looks as good as it does in cooler climates.

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Here is mine, to the right. 

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Here's a pic of my big Maxie from my roof!

That big feather palm muscling in behind is Darla the Royostonea borenquenia, with leaves of Dypsis baronii on the left, and A. purpurea on the right.

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I've grown all except tuckeri here in Melbourne. Unfortunately my maxima was a casualty a couple of years ago when irrigation was cut. It was in a shaded spot and was very slow compared to other Archies before it's demise. To me whilst maxima is a nice looking palm, I don't see anything remarkably different from alexandrae.

Agree with some of the other comments that exposed Archies often don't look at their best. I think wind is the problem here, alexandrae actually tends to look better out in the open than cunninghamiana due to the stiffer fronds in my opinion.

Toss up between purpurea and myolensis for my favourite. Has anyone else seen the double myolensis at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore? I thought the blue/aqua crownshaft was a bit of a myth based on photos I've seen but in person there's nothing I've seen like it.

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4 hours ago, DoomsDave said:

Here's a pic of my big Maxie from my roof!

That big feather palm muscling in behind is Darla the Royostonea borenquenia, with leaves of Dypsis baronii on the left, and A. purpurea on the right.

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Wow! Top shot! thanks @DoomsDave such a stunner and really massive 

@Tropicgardener weird that they faster them the local Alex's! 

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Also... something Iv never actually asked ... maybe you could answer @Kennybenjamin@Jim in Los Altos - with all these different species and subspecies.... how high is the hybrid rate? I mean I will go to grow heaps of these Archie's myself and hope they all don't hybridise too much. I'm probably going to grow "groves" of the same species together as opposed a big ol mix up... 

(except one bed that will have 1 of each together) 

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Not sure if it's a tuckeri or maxima but here is mine. Please ignore the ugly @ss fence.

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Lol...

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To whom it may concern,

 

Please find attached the requested images of Archontopheonix maxima.

 

Yous sincerely

 

NApalm

 

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13 hours ago, cassowaryhill said:

Also... something Iv never actually asked ... maybe you could answer @Kennybenjamin@Jim in Los Altos - with all these different species and subspecies.... how high is the hybrid rate? I mean I will go to grow heaps of these Archie's myself and hope they all don't hybridise too much. I'm probably going to grow "groves" of the same species together as opposed a big ol mix up... 

(except one bed that will have 1 of each together) 

From experience I can tell you that Alex and Cunninghamiana hybridise readily.... I have never seen purpurea hybridise with anything. As sir oxylon mentioned I'm not sure I could tell if Alex, myolensis, tuckerii or maxima did hybridise cause they all look so similar to my eye?

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1 hour ago, Kennybenjamin said:

From experience I can tell you that Alex and Cunninghamiana hybridise readily.... I have never seen purpurea hybridise with anything. As sir oxylon mentioned I'm not sure I could tell if Alex, myolensis, tuckerii or maxima did hybridise cause they all look so similar to my eye?

There are a few hybrid purpurea in South Florida; they are lighter shades of purple but much more robust than either parent would be, in our climate. Ellis has a fine one in his tropical garden.

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On ‎1‎/‎12‎/‎2017‎ ‎8‎:‎25‎:‎36‎, wimmie said:

Question: which Archie has reddish new leafs.

Wim.

Here is Archontophoenix alexandrae in habitat near my home with reddish orange new leaf......Quite common in this area.

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