BYRON -- In searching for their dream home, Bryan and LeeAnn Hogge found a slice of paradise tucked away in rural Byron, including a thriving tropical foliage business.

Their 13.5-acre property on Hoffman Lane includes a 6,250-square foot home, chicken coop, farm animals, vegetable garden, fruit trees and more than 3,500 palm trees for sale in a dozen different varieties. The Hogge's backyard oasis is as lush as Hawaii and it showcases all of the palm trees that they sell through their business, TropiRock Farms.

Founded in 2000, TropiRock is one of the Bay Area's only direct growers of large and unique types of palm trees. Although the nursery specializes in Queen palms, they also carry many Feather, Date, Fan, Canopy, Cycads and Tree palms.

"People like the quality here," Bryan Hogge said. "It is grown outside and not inside."

Local landscaper Mark Acasio's business, Creative Yards of Brentwood, specializes in tropical plants and resort-style landscaping. He said that buying palm trees locally is both favorable and affordable.

"His palm trees are acclimated to our area. It builds their stamina for a tough winter," Acasio explained.

According to Acasio, TropiRock has an impressive palm tree inventory. He added that palm trees do well in both Brentwood and Oakley with the right care.

"We bring Maui to your backyard," Acasio said of his landscaping creations using TropiRock's trees.


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Since purchasing the business in 2011, Hogge said they have stepped up marketing efforts and found that palm trees are still quite popular in local landscaping, including the Deer Ridge and Shadow Lakes areas of Brentwood.

"There are pockets. There definitely are niches," he said of the various neighborhoods where the tropical trees are flourishing.

The Hogges are the owners and managers of Intero Real Estate offices in downtown Brentwood and Discovery Bay. They work with more than 40 Realtors, who often purchase TropiRock gift certificates as client gifts when homes close escrow.

According to Hogge, their backyard is such a tropical setting that local students from Liberty High School take their pictures there before formal dances.

The palm tree nursery is in the front of the property. They install palm trees two to three times per week and have traveled as far as Lake Tahoe for their customers.

"They are an awesome business," Acasio said. "They have a variety of sizes and prices."

Reach Paula King at 925-779-7174 or pking@bayareanewsgroup.com.

TROPIROCK FARMS
The palm tree farm is at 2210 Hoffman Lane, Byron. For more information, visit www.tropirockfarms.com or call 925-437-8181.