Located Outside
Victoria, BC
tropicoletrading@gmail.com
Victoria, BC
Tropi-Cole Trading has been operating since 2005 when the first 48 foot refrigerated truck carrying 38,000 pounds of palm trees arrived in Victoria from Southern California. Since this was a new venture I was advised by a grower in Southern Cal, to go slow. I didn’t. Don’t know when I got the palm tree bug, but I had it big. That year the Windmill Palm, (Trachycarpus fortunei) the one you see dotting the southern coastal areas of British Columbia, was in short supply in southern Cal. I could get only about 20 large Windmills with developed trunks and only a few smaller size ones, but they had lots of Mediterranean Fan Palms   (Chamaerops humilis) … so, I bought lots of Mediterranean Fan Palms! Additionally, I introduced their cousin, the Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera to this area the same year. It is a silver/blue variety originating in Morocco popular with palm collectors. And one collector said that he was amazed to find a palm he had only dreamed of acquiring, at a local garden center. The Mediterranean Fan Palm was not as familiar to Victorians as the Windmill Palm at that time, and still isn’t. Beyond that, I would say that the majority of people at that time, didn’t know that palms trees of any description, could thrive here. For my first year of operation I sold only to garden centers. And some time before I actually commenced business, I asked two owner/managers of different garden centers if they would become my mentors. They said yes and on top of that, they would become my first customers, provided I had good product. This gave me the confidence I needed to actually begin operating. And, I thank them. Luckily the garden centers, large and small, were receptive to the purchase of Chamaerops palms, and bought my whole load. PHEW! The following years saw the introduction of other palm species and other types of plants:  Guadalupe palm (Brahea edulis)  ♦ Mexican Blues (Brahea armata) ♦ Jelly Palms (Butia capitata)   ♦ Wooley Jelly Palms (Butia eriospatha]                                    ♦ Waggies (Trachycarpus wagnerianus)  ♦ Chilean Wine Palms (Jubaea chilensis) ♦ Olive Trees ♦ Spanish Bayonet (Yucca aloifolia) ♦ Yucca rostratas ♦ Bamboo      Perhaps you would like information on the Pacific North West Palm & Exotic Plant Society and the benefits of being a member? Call or e-mail to request information or click the Links tab to access their website. Larry Cole
TROPI-COLE TRADING Palm Trees and More
For Vancouver Island and SW British Columbia
250-478-8996
2015 - Tropi-Cole Trading
Located Outside
Victoria, BC
tropicoletrading@gmail.com
Victoria, BC
Tropi-Cole Trading has been operating since 2005 when the first 48 foot refrigerated truck carrying 38,000 pounds of palm trees arrived in Victoria from Southern California. Since this was a new venture I was advised by a grower in Southern Cal, to go slow. I didn’t. Don’t know when I got the palm tree bug, but I had it big. That year the Windmill Palm, (Trachycarpus fortunei) the one you see dotting the southern coastal areas of British Columbia, was in short supply in southern Cal. I could get only about 20 large Windmills with developed trunks and only a few smaller size ones, but they had lots of Mediterranean Fan Palms   (Chamaerops humilis) … so, I bought lots of Mediterranean Fan Palms! Additionally, I introduced their cousin, the Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera to this area the same year. It is a silver/blue variety originating in Morocco popular with palm collectors. And one collector said that he was amazed to find a palm he had only dreamed of acquiring, at a local garden center. The Mediterranean Fan Palm was not as familiar to Victorians as the Windmill Palm at that time, and still isn’t. Beyond that, I would say that the majority of people at that time, didn’t know that palms trees of any description, could thrive here. For my first year of operation I sold only to garden centers. And some time before I actually commenced business, I asked two owner/managers of different garden centers if they would become my mentors. They said yes and on top of that, they would become my first customers, provided I had good product. This gave me the confidence I needed to actually begin operating. And, I thank them. Luckily the garden centers, large and small, were receptive to the purchase of Chamaerops palms, and bought my whole load. PHEW! The following years saw the introduction of other palm species and other types of plants:  Guadalupe palm (Brahea edulis)  ♦ Mexican Blues (Brahea armata) ♦ Jelly Palms (Butia capitata)   ♦ Wooley Jelly Palms (Butia eriospatha]                                    ♦ Waggies (Trachycarpus wagnerianus)  ♦ Chilean Wine Palms (Jubaea chilensis) ♦ Olive Trees ♦ Spanish Bayonet (Yucca aloifolia) ♦ Yucca rostratas ♦ Bamboo      Perhaps you would like information on the Pacific North West Palm & Exotic Plant Society and the benefits of being a member? Call or e-mail to request information or click the Links tab to access their website. Larry Cole
Palm Trees and More
For Vancouver Island and SW British Columbia
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250-478-8996