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The Copernicia species has proven itself another winner in the CA and AZ low deserts. Many Caribbean natives seem to do very well here,taking a liking to our dry,alkaline soils.

This is my biggest Copernicia berteroana on the left,that I grew from seed I collected on the IPS sponsored trip to the Dominican Republic in 2006. Rather fast growing,but the most frost tender cope I grow. It can replace an entire canopy in 1 season.

On the right is Copernicia macroglossia,the petticoat palm.(sans petticoat) It has to be tied up due to the planting location,but will be released after it grows a few more feet of trunk.

 

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A Copernicia baileyana is also a great desert grower. There are a few of these growing around metro Phoenix. Here's mine.

 

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Here is Copernicia macroglossa, baileyana, and hospita growing at a private garden in Palm Springs, CA! 

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Copernicia glabrecens is one of the few clumpers of the species. I have trimmed off the pups on several occasions trying to maintain a single trunk,but it just keeps making more.:wacko:

 

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Copernicia rigida has been an extremely slow grower for me compared to macroglossa,which it is very similar to.

 

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Copernicia cowellii has been another slow but steady grower for me. I collected seed for these on a 2014 trip to Cuba. This is one of the few palms that actually seems to grow better in the desert,than it does in Florida.

 

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A very blue Copernicia yarey,I grew from seed collected on the 2014 Cuba trip. From the very first sprout,the plant was blue. Only was able to find 3 seeds;and each one sprouted. Amazing how well fresh seed performs...:lol:

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I also have Copernicia fallaensis and gigas still in pots. They will also be planted in ground in another year or two.

As you can see,Copernicia is another viable species choice for the low deserts. They are tough plants that are very low maintenance once established. Still fairly rare in the nursery trade,it is well worthwhile trying to grow them from seed. I've found Copernicia seeds to be some of the easiest palm seeds to sprout;with nearly every seed coming up a winner! B)

 

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