I will never understand why the flower colors differ when the same parent trees are used. I guess it just because they are hybrids. This one is my favorite with very dark petals.
I have fruit from the cross with Butia. First cross very few fruit, second cross looks good at this time.Dean, That one is my favorite now days. I now have a S. schizophylla to work with, removed the male flowers today. Will cross with Butia, may make a smaller hybrid type tree.
Here is a update on the reverse Mule back to S.rom. Very fine droopy leaves on this hybrid. The palm on the right is a normal Mule.Here is a 2yr old Hybrid. The recipe here was using pollen from my reverse (S.rom X Butia) "Mule" back to the S.rom. Only had 7 seed to set and only one to germinate. I only left a dozen female flowers on the flower stalk as I am not fond of working at the height took to do this cross. I hope it turns out, as a lot of work to do this one. Looks a awful lot like a Queen palm except for the red leaf base.
Update: The little seedling is growing up.Steve, Look close in the center of this picture. There is a one leaf seedling growing out of the boot of the Butiagrus that I got the offspring from. I think I need to get up there and get it out to grow it on. No other palm close so it may have produced another baby.
Bren, If you have the space for one in the your new garden you are welcome to another.Scott, I was crushed to have to leave your hybrids you gave me a few yrs back. We went by the old garden and the one I could see from the street looked great. Roof line. Love seeing you are still at it!
Scott, that mule you gave me last year along with the saribus are starting to kick it in now. I'll have to take some pics. The old mules at my old place are getting tall! I wanted to snap some photos but felt like a stalker.
The butyagrus is planted out in my garden. Right now it is tied together and protected under snow.
After planting out last year it unfortunately had a bad start and suffered sunburn and lost its spear.
Although it thrives and I hope it will come through well under lots of dry leaves and snow.
The other Butia I'm going to give to a friend who lives in Ticino, at the most southern point of Switzerland just a few minutes from Italy.
A much milder and sunnier place than mine.
I will post some pictures in Summer.