To celebrate the 4th, DH and I headed for Jungle Music and picked up two Chambeyronia macrocarpas (one with a new leaf!), two Dypsis pembanas and two foxy lady seedlings and had lunch at Casa de Bandini, (I had a fruity margarita). Was a good day :)
That's the size Chambeyronia macrocarpa you bought? I have one, tiny compared to that - Chambeyronia macrocarpa 'hookerii'. Only today I was trying to work out where to plant it out. They're a beautiful palm.
It's not planted so it looks about two feet taller than it will once planted. Got two that size. Our first macrocarpa is really huge! Trunk height is about 4 1/2 to 5 feet (to the bottom of the crown shaft) and about 17 feet overall, trunk diameter at the base almost 9 inches. One of my favorites in our yard.
I realised, got 2 of them. Var. Hookeri needs shade whereas the straight out Chambeyronia macrocarpa can handle full sun. Makes it a bit more difficult. To keep it fully shaded (only filtered morning sun) means they'll get lost easily in the canopy of trees.
Also got Ptychosperma burretianum, Calyptrocalyx hollrungii, Calyptrocalyx polyphyllus, which have red new fronds. And Cyrtostachys renda which has red stems/trunks. I like the colour red in palms. Unfortunately I lost some seedlings of Dypsis pinnatifrons, another red one.
We have one hookeri that was planted last year (seems it's fronds are more red than the macrocarpas). Right now, it gets lots of shade but the trees shading it are going to be cut down (a Ficus and Eugenia berry). However, it will have coverage from some kings, a Kentia, and other palms. Might turn ugly for a while when we cut down the Ficus until the kings get some height on them.
I have 2 in my greenhouse, one getting pretty sizeable, realized much too late I planted it way too close to a wall but I think it'll adapt. I love it when they put out those red red leaves! Yours is beautiful, happy BD!
It's kind of coffee colored and green, now. Unfortunately, the red doesn't last long. How close is yours to the wall? The first one we planted a few years ago is about three feet from a block wall on the north side of the wall. It's done really great.
My understanding is that a Foxy Lady is a cross between a Foxtail (Wodyetia bifurcata) and a Veitchia species. There's only one species of Wodyetia but several species of Veitchia, so you can get different Foxy Ladies from using different species of Veitchia. I have friends who have one about 7 to 8 metres tall, a very beautiful looking palm, but I forget which Veitchia they said it's a cross from.
I haven't noticed that... they all look very similar to me. Very good cross by the way, with the cross being more cold hardy and faster growing than either of the two parents (and better looking, too)... pretty amazing