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Hardy Eucalyptus and Australian Plants Board » Bigger Cordyline bigger Eucalyptus from Seattle » 12/12/2015 10:00 am

Great pictures as usual! Hope everything is going well for you and your family!

Pacific Northwest Palms, Exotic Plants and Mediterranean Gardening » Seattle has some amazing subtropicals. » 4/24/2015 10:04 am

Great finds, Brian. Seattle does have some warm areas, maybe zone 9a, that produces plants like that huge eucalyptus and cordyline.

Pacific Northwest Palms, Exotic Plants and Mediterranean Gardening » "true" mediterranean plants in the PNW (or anywhere else) » 4/15/2015 9:03 am

I grow Mount Etna broom - Genista Aetnensis, Atlas or Moroccan broom - Argyrocytisus battandieri, and white Spanish broom - Cytisus multiflorus. The plants and flowers do well in coastal Washington state, but they aren't completely happy since their seeds don't ripen in our cool summers. No invasive plants. Warminsterbroom, Cytisus x praecox does well here. Of course Scotch broom - Cytisus scoparius does very well in the PNW. 

The plant police are terrified of Spanish broom - Spartium junceum, but what I have heard is that it can't handle our artic outbreaks. They are killed, never to return.

Another plant that does very well in the PNW is the tulip.  It is found native in the countries bordering the east end of the Mediterranean.

Besides the European fan palm, I also have an olive tree. It is in a raised bed for fast drainage and seems to be doing well. I don't know if it will ever produce ripe fruit, but that doesn't matter to me.

Pacific Northwest Palms, Exotic Plants and Mediterranean Gardening » Palm Tree Move » 3/21/2015 8:34 am

Thanks guys for the positive response.
I picked this spot since it is the easiest spot on my lot to get the needle palm to that has the most sun light for the longest time. It gets sunlight from when the sun pops up over the Cascades and the Willipa hills until about 3 PM when the large conifers to my west block it. The one bad thing about this spot is that it is subjected to hurricance force winds coming off the ocean from the Southwest, but I think this palm can handle them unlike some of the other plants I have in this area.

Pacific Northwest Palms, Exotic Plants and Mediterranean Gardening » Palm Tree Move » 3/16/2015 10:27 pm


I moved this needle palm from my rental home in Issaquah to Aberdeen this last weekend. I planted this as a one gallon plant spring of 2003. It has put on some size since planting. Issaquah is much warmer than Aberdeen and it was planted by a curb on an asphalt driveway.
The guy who helped me dig this up and I both got stung several times by the long, very thin needles that break their tip off when inpaled in your flesh. I called it stung because it felt like a bee sting. Both of us were pulling needles out days later.
When I got it to Aberdeen I was able to drop it from the tailgate of my pickup into a two wheeled garden cart, hauled it to the spot I made ready for it. I dragged the 150 pound root ball and plant out of the cart into its hole. Because the soil at this spot is heavy clay, I didn't plant it level with the soil, but gave it a raised bed putting compost around the root ball. I only got stung once in the planting process.
Aberdeen isn't as warm as Issaquah because of the cool ocean air so it might sulk but I wasn't going to leave it behind.

Pacific Northwest Palms, Exotic Plants and Mediterranean Gardening » Evergreen Embothrium » 3/06/2015 9:26 am

Five or six years ago I got a Embothrium from Dragonfly Nursery. The owner told me that she got the orginal plant from Heronswood and that this one suckers. She was not kidding. That plant suckers. I have a T. f. wagernus six feet away that I mulched with aged steer manure that has four suckers from this Embothrium growing around it. The Embothrium from the Washington Park Arboretum that I have which are about fifteen feet tall have never suckered yet. The owner of Dragonfly didn't know what type of Embothrium it is, but looking it up on the Internet the sources I found say that 'inca flame' suckers, It stayed evergreen even during the fall cold event in 2010, but like George says, it suffers when cold and windy. A couple of years ago, it got down to 17° F with high winds. It loss most of its last year's growth. The leaves on the older growth stayed on the tree. The trees from Washington Park Arboretum only loss their leaves.
Of course it hasn't bloomed yet, but do any of you know if this might be an Inca Flame?

Pacific Northwest Palms, Exotic Plants and Mediterranean Gardening » Some PNW Plant Pictures * The Lomatia pic is at the bottom » 3/03/2015 9:05 am

Very impressive Brian! I haven't been to the Arboretum for a while, and find the E. gunnii growth surprising. All the E. gunnii species, subspecies, and varities I had at Issaquah were killed by the 2010 fall event. I know that tree has been there from before than event.
I need to visit the Arboretum again, to check out these plants and others. Thanks for the picture show.

Pacific Northwest Palms, Exotic Plants and Mediterranean Gardening » Great » 2/28/2015 2:37 pm

It would be great if this board took off. The reason I liked the Cloudforest PNW board was that it was made up of people from the Pacifice Northwest that have similiar conditions of growth and how they dealt with that when growing plants that are growing on the edge for that region. I learned a lot from that board, but since that board has been combined with the tropical palm board, there hardly is anyone from the PNW there anymore.

I don't know why people have drifted away, maybe the economy, bad weather killing plant collections, blogs, and/or facebook. Anyway good luck.

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