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Syagrus kellyana in flower

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I have two Syagrus kellyana that I germinated from seeds about 10 years ago after this species was first described. This is a handsome, stocky medium size palm that starts flowering while at eye level. Unfortunately, so far neither palm has produced ripe seeds. I noticed today that one of them just opened a spathe loaded with yellow flowers. Very cool up close.

Syagrus kellyana with flowers

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New spathe emerging

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Second kellyana with unopened spathe

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quaman58

Very cool Meg. I like the relatively small stature of this palm. Mine is looking  much better these days, but is still not trunking. Yours looks great!

 

Bret

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ruskinPalms

Cool palm. I wonder how those would do planted as triples. Like, would they arch away from each other? If they are nearly as cold hardy as queen palms then I could see them being neat smaller triple plantings for cooler areas. 

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PalmatierMeg

I think it has potential as a landscaping palm if only it were more available. Also, my kellyanas have avoided contracting fusarium wilt that destroyed all my queens and mules. I keep hoping my two will finally produce viable seeds.

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Briank
On 9/2/2020 at 6:19 AM, PalmatierMeg said:

I think it has potential as a landscaping palm if only it were more available. Also, my kellyanas have avoided contracting fusarium wilt that destroyed all my queens and mules. I keep hoping my two will finally produce viable seeds.

How is this as a grower? I have a 3ga size, Havnt planted it yet.   Imagine it’s slow ? And should I plant it in 1/2 shade ? Imagine it will be pretty slow for me in SoCal ? Thanks.   Nice looking Palm 

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quaman58
7 hours ago, Briank said:

How is this as a grower? I have a 3ga size, Havnt planted it yet.   Imagine it’s slow ? And should I plant it in 1/2 shade ? Imagine it will be pretty slow for me in SoCal ? Thanks.   Nice looking Palm 

Brian, it should do fine for you. I'd call its growth rate fairly slow.  Mine is probably head high overall and has been in ground for 6 years anyway. Unlike Meg's, no trunk yet. Also, surprisingly a bit cold sensitive, spotting during real cold spells. But I think it's getting better; we had a vicious 1-2 nights of cold last February, but it shows no sign of that, unlike a lot of palms in the garden that still bear the scars. It has a slightly glacous look to the leaves and the leaflets are offset to each other, giving it a rather sparse, plumose appearance.

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PalmatierMeg

Agree with Bret. Slow compared to queens but it's been a trouble free, reliable grower for me. It loves lots of heat and sun.

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