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Old October 18th, 2010, 10:42 AM
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The Mule Palm has been pre-selected as one of the 2012 palms of the year.

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I have 1000s of seedlings if anyone is searching for this palm as I noticed RealPalmtrees.com does not stock them

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Old October 21st, 2010, 01:02 PM
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I finshed looking at your websites pictures and I never knew that two different palms created the mule palm. So, I am guessing that they do not produce seeds, hence the name "mule"?
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Old October 21st, 2010, 01:18 PM
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Default Six Plants Named as 2011 Florida Garden Select

Six Plants Named as 2011 Florida Garden Select

ORLANDO, FL (October 13, 2010) -- To celebrate plants, FNGLA has named six plants as 2011 Florida Garden Select. Each year, a selection of Florida's best plants are hand-picked by a jury of distinguished horticulturists each representing a unique facet of the state's diverse nursery and landscape industry. The 2011 selections were chosen for their exceptional appeal, marketability and projected success for Florida's diverse climate and beyond.

The six plants include one flowering accent tree, one low-growing conifer-like shrub, a seemingly constant-blooming vine, a dainty-looking, yet heat-tolerant annual, a spreading ground cover ideal for Florida and a distinctive, hybridized palm.

"2011 brings a new and refreshed approach to the program's marketing. We're taking aim at gardening enthusiasts and casual gardeners through the development of a Florida Gardening consumer web site and Facebook interface designed to spur enthusiasm for these plants and for gardening in general," said Rick Brown, co-owner of Riverview Flower Farm (Wimauma, FL) and a member of FNGLA's Marketing Committee.

Last year, the Florida Garden Select name replaced Florida Plants of the Year. 2011 brings the program's 13th year of celebrating plants ideal for Florida's diverse climate.

The 2011 plants are:

Gold Medallion Tree (Cassia leptophylla)

Zones: USDA zones 9 - 11

Typical Height and Spread: 25'-30' tall x 15'-25' wide

Classification: Flowering tree Landscape

Use: specimen or accent
Characteristics: With a profusion of beautiful yellow flowers which bloom in early summer and sometimes again in the fall, this partially-deciduous, subtropical tree's flower clusters can measure up to 12" and last up to a month. Originating from Brazil, this tree is well-adapted to much of Florida's climate: warm areas of zone 9a, 9b through 11. It's adorned with lacey, glossy foliage and forms large seed pods, which are poisonous, following its bloom cycle. It is drought tolerant once established in the landscape, performs best with summer heat and can survive temperatures into the mid to low 20's. It's bright summer color makes it a winner for many Florida landscapes.


rostrate Yew or Japanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata')

Zones: USDA zones 6 - 10

Mature Height and Spread: 2' - 3' tall X 3' - 4' wide

Classification: Low-growing shrub Landscape

Use: Ground cover, low hedges, foundation planting Characteristics: A handsome, low maintenance ground cover, the Prostrate Yew has elegant, attractive, dark green foliage with an interesting needle-like texture indicative of conifers. Low spreading when young, it becomes mound-shaped with arching branches as it matures. It's a good substitute in southern gardens for Taxus, tolerates drought once established, and performs best watered adequately during dry spells. This plant is a great addition to landscapes with limited space and partial to deep shade.

Caranday Palm (Copernicia alba)

Zones: USDA zones 9b - 11

Mature Height and Spread: 20' - 30' but can reach 50' in the wild

Classification: Palm tree Landscape

Use: Specimen, groupings
Characteristics: This unique palm has silver-green fronds which nicely contrast with its chocolate brown spikey stems. The fruit is black in color, distinguishing it from other palms. It has a solitary stem with a rounded crown of stiff fronds. This palm can grow in both dry and seasonally wet soils. In fact caranday translates to water palm. In its native South America, the trunk is used to build bungalows and it is currently being studied for possible use as a biodiesel crop.


Mule Palm (X Butiagrus nabonnandii)

Zones: USDA zones 8a - 11

Mature Height and
Spread: 20' - 40'

Classification: Palm tree

Landscape Use: Specimen, groupings, xeric garden, avenues
Characteristics: A hybrid palm created by crossing the Butia capitata and the Syagrus romanzoffiana, the mule palm adds a cold-hardy tropical flair and is well-suited for North Florida's climate as it's cold-hardy. The fronds are characteristically curvaceous and have a lush green appearance. This palm is sterile, thus the name 'Mule Palm,' and exhibit hybrid vigor. It tolerates a range of soil types from clay to sand. As with most palms, good drainage is an important factor in it's ability to thrive. The trees grow well in coastal areas and is salt water tolerant and cold hardy.

Florida Garden Select is administered by the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association (FNGLA). FNGLA represents Florida's nursery and landscape industry, with an estimated $15.2 billion in industry-wide sales.


I skipped three plants. Figured these were my favorite. Oh I also copied and pasted since some people are to lazy to click links and read. Here is what Erik was talking about with the Mule Palm


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Old October 21st, 2010, 07:24 PM
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Thanks Jennifer for the post.


And yes they do call it the Mule Palm because it is sterile in most cases. There has been a rare occasion where it will put of viable seed. With it not putting off viable seed however it is a good landscaping choice as you will not have to keep picking up pups like weeds when it drops the seed.
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Old October 21st, 2010, 07:27 PM
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We would really like to see the name Mule changed to the Riviera Palm in honor of Paul Nabonnand who originally started this cross in the Riviera.
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how can you change them name in honor of Riviera?
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It is not that we can change the name. It is that we would like to to honor Paul Nabonnand who originally started doing this cross in the Region of the Riveria. As the Mule is not a very attractive name.

There is already many different names for the Mule Palm being used.

Such as the:

Cold Coconut
Desert Queen

and a few others. I guess it depends on what region you are from and who is selling it. Like the Butia Capitata is also known as the Pindo, The wine, etc etc.
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Default Well, how can we change the name to honer him?

Do you have to talk to FNGLA or just rename the mule palm riviera? If you started saying it was a riviera maybe it would work? How many people sell the mule palm, get together with everyone and just change the name, right! : ) It is always good to recognize someone's achievements even if they have gone un-noticed.
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Old October 25th, 2010, 06:03 PM
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Default Riveria palm.

Not really sure how it works giving a palm a common name.

I do know we are the leaders in production for this hybrid palm and have been for the last 10 years. Our friends also have a control on all the larger Mule Palms as well. So I am sure we could get them on board. Maybe someone has some insight as to how a palm gets its common name.
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Default Caranday Palm (Copernicia alba) - One of my favorite

The Caranday Palm (Copernicia alba) is one of my favorite and yet not so common palm. I am thinking about getting one. Do not know yet between Caranday Palm or the Latan Palm. The Blue variety.
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Default Are Mule Palms available in Cali?

Looking for new types of palms for my area. Are Mules palms good for California?
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Old October 29th, 2010, 06:05 PM
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What part of California? This Palm is good for zone 8b. Which covers up the whole west coast.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 06:05 PM
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Default Mule Palm.

Check out our website. Mule Pa l m Nursery-Home

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Old October 29th, 2010, 06:06 PM
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You are correct about the name. However there have been a couple of Mule Palms that have put off viable seed.
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