The Palm Society--Northern California Chapter

Northern California Chapter
Palm Society
Lakeside Palmetum
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The Lakeside Park Palmetum was established by the International Palm Society's Northern California Chapter in the autumn of 1982 to test and demonstrate the viability of various Species of palms in our Bay Area climate. These cold-hardy palms are presented here in a landscaped setting with companion plantings of other cold-hardy tropical and subtropical test plants.
The word Palmetum may be compared with the word "arboretum" which refers to a collection of living trees for display thus "Palmetum" is a collection of living palms cultivated for scientific, educational, ornamental purposes and viewing enjoyment.

The Palm Society's Northern California Palmetum, dedicated in 1984, is located in Lakeside Park at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California and is open to the public. Featuring a great variety of palm species native to cool and warm Mediterranean climates and tropical high altitude regions of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Americas. Oakland's unique subtropical micro climate provides the perfect growing conditions to nurture the most extensive established collection of cool Mediterranean and high altitude tropical palms than anywhere in the United States.
The Lakeside Park Palmetum is maintained entirely by volunteer members of the International Palm Society's local chapter.
The Palm society conducts FREE GUIDED TOURS every third Saturday of each month at 11:30 AM for individuals or small groups and other days of the week by appointment for groups of 10 or more-- email us
Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, California 94610

Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
November - April 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and in rainy weather

The Lakeside Palmetum is located within Oakland's Lakeside Park.
Palm Species at Lakeside
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana var. illawarra
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
Arenga engleri
Brahea aculeata
Brahea armata
Brahea brandegeei
Brahea dulcis
Brahea edulis
Burretiokentia hapala
Butia bonetti
Butia capitata
Butia eriospatha
Butia paraguayensis
Butia X Syagrus
Butia yatay
Caryota gigas
Caryota obtusa
Ceroxylon quindiuense
Ceroxylon vogelianum
Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea graminifolia
Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea pochutlensis x graminifolia
Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaerops humilis
Copernicia prunifera
Hedyscepe canterburyana
Howea forsteriana
Juania australis
Jubaea chilensis
Lepidorrachis mooreana
Linospadix monostachya
Livistona australis
Livistona chinensis
Livistona chinensis var. subglobossa
Livistona decipiens
Livistona fulva
Livistona speciosa
Parajubaea cocoides
Parajubaea torallyi
Phoenix canariensis x dactylifera
Phoenix loureirii var. hanceana
Phoenix pusilla x roebelenii
Phoenix reclinata
Phoenix roebelenii
Phoenix rupicola
Phoenix theophrastii
Ravenea rivularis
Rhapidophyllum hystrix
Rhopalostylis baueri (no photo)
Rhopalostylis sapida
Rhopalostylis sapida var. Chatham
Sabal bermudana
Sabal etonia
Sabal Mexicana
Syagrus romanzoffiana
Syagrus x Butia
Trachycarpus fortunei
Trachycarpus martianus
Trachycarpus takil
Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Trithrinax brasiliensis
Trithrinax campestris
Trithrinax schizophylla

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