Sweet Mimosa. One of the most useful tropical plants... more
Acacia farnesiana - Sweet Mimosa
Sweet Mimosa. One of the most useful tropical plants that is very cold tolerant, blooms all winter through spring with honey-fragrant flowers - canary yellow powder puffs, attracting bees and butterflies. This is a large size, multi-stem thorny shrub 15x15 ft that requires some space. It is very fast growing, can be used as a good screen plant. It will bring you joy with pretty flowers and sweet fragrance even during freeze snaps when other trees lose leaves and suffer. This one will continue blooming and stays evergreen - a real survivor! Tolerates poor soils and drought too. Provide regular water to establish quicker.
Louisiana Red Copper Leaf has bright combination of... more
Acalypha wilkesiana - Louisiana Red Copper Leaf
Louisiana Red Copper Leaf has bright combination of red, burgundy, pink, colors. Copper Leaf is a very colorful tropical shrub grown for its attractive leaves. The more sun, the more colorful the leaves will get. It is very fast growing. This is one of the most striking foliage shrubs and is widely used by tropical gardeners.
Bonnie Bamboo is a small-growing bamboo with a delicate... more
Bambusa boniopsis - Bonnie Bamboo
Bonnie Bamboo is a small-growing bamboo with a delicate appearance. Fine leaves that droop to the ground when young. Can be used as a privacy screen in applications where a shorter bamboo is required. Full size plants in favorable conditions can grow to 20' tall with 1" diameter culms. Min. temp. 27 deg F. Min USDA zone: 9b.
Bougainvillea arborea is a thornless and fragrant... more
Bougainvillea arborea - Thornless Bougainvillea Tree
Bougainvillea arborea is a thornless and fragrant species. Free-standing small bushy tree with lavender-pink blooms. Very rare variety very much wanted because its compact and slow growth habit. The tree usually doesn't need any trimming and keeps nice shape naturally without leggy branches.
Yellow Angels Trumpet, similar to Ecuador Gold. It... more
Brugmansia Jean Pasco - Yellow Angels Trumpet
Yellow Angels Trumpet, similar to Ecuador Gold. It is one of the most fragrant brugmansias. Yellow flowers with a lighter throat. Color depends on climatic conditions. It's a showy landscape evergreen plant. The more sun, the more flowers. Can be pruned into a nice small accent tree. Put it where you can enjoy the fragrance at night. Blooms on and off all year. Easy to grow. Not fussy about soil or water. Likes lots of fertilizer.
Pride of Barbados, Dwarf Poinciana, Peacock flower,... more
Caesalpinia pulcherrima - Red Dwarf Poinciana, Bird of Paradise
Pride of Barbados, Dwarf Poinciana, Peacock flower, Flower Fence - bright pink/red flowers, national flower of Barbados. Showy flowers almost year round. Dormant in winter. Peacock flower - perfect color accent for a small yard or patio. Eye-stopper!
Shower Orchid, Wooly Congea. The actual flowers are... more
Congea tomentosa - Shower Orchid
Shower Orchid, Wooly Congea. The actual flowers are tiny and inconspicuous, but they are borne in the center of three showy white 1in long bracts that look like velvety propellers. The bracts gradually change through pink, lavender, and finally gray over the course of several weeks.
Tropical Hydrangea - very fast growing winter bloomer... more
Dombeya x wallichii - Tropical Hydrangea
Tropical Hydrangea - very fast growing winter bloomer with fragrant pink hydrangea-like flowers. Large size multistem bush with large heart-shape lush foliage. Flowers of this spectacular winter bloomer attract lots of bees and butterflies. Great landscape solution for a quick covering / screening of unwanted views!
Variegated Sky Flower is grown for its summer flowers... more
Duranta variegata - Variegated Sky Flower
Variegated Sky Flower is grown for its summer flowers and ornamental fruit. This evergreen fast growing shrub spreads and arches to 10 feet tall and wide and is great for live hedges and covering fences and corners. In the summer, cascading clusters of blue tubular flowers appear followed by wonderfully contrasting orange-yellow berries. This variegated form has creamy-yellow margins around the one inch long serrated leaves. In mild climates this plant can be in flower nearly year round with flowers and fruit appearing at the same time. It does best in full sun with frequent deep watering and is hardy to about 20-25F. A good choice for espaliers, as a small tree or large bush; all forms benefit from frequent selective pruning. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies. Great for providing a color contrast in the landscape, and is especially well-suited as a bright-colored background or screening. Prune back in late-winter to encourage a more compact shape and strong flush of fresh spring foliage. Requires moderate watering in a well-drained soil.
Medium to large tree, rare in cultivation. Flowers... more
Erythrina livingstoniana - Cry Baby Tree
Medium to large tree, rare in cultivation. Flowers in very striking terminal racemes, resembling the inflorescences of Aloe, scarlet-red. Seeds bright red with a white spot. The flowers of this species are larger and more spectacular than any other Erythrina species.
Ficus natalensis subspecies leprieuri, known also... more
Ficus natalensis (triangularis) - Triangle Leaf Fig Tree
Ficus natalensis subspecies leprieuri, known also as Ficus triangularis, has unique triangular, thick, bright green leaves. May be grown in a container as a specimen plant, trained into a small tree, or trimmed into a shrub or hedge. It produces small yellow figs that are eaten by birds. Closely related to Ficus deltoidea with similar leaf shape and fruit.
Parrot's Beak. An extraordinary round shrub with pendant... more
Gmelina philippensis - Parrots Beak
Parrot's Beak. An extraordinary round shrub with pendant branches, large long leaves and exotic flowers comprised of yellow blossoms which emerge at the end of a tube-like structure of overlapping bracts. The flower resembles parrot's beak.
Helicopter Flower. A woody climbing shrub with clusters... more
Hiptage benghalensis - Helicopter Flower
Helicopter Flower. A woody climbing shrub with clusters of pink to white and yellow fragrant flowers and 3-winged, helicopter-like fruits. Flowers have very interesting shape and look like a decorative accessory, with fluffy-toothed edges. The fragrance is very strong and pleasant, resembles fruity perfume. Used medicinally in India. Blooms profusely from January through March!
Swiss cheese plant. A jungle climbing relative of the philodendron from Mexico and Guatemala. It is seen in gardens in tropical and subtropical areas, growing well in partial sun or shade. The plant begins bearing after three years. The large deep green, cone-like fruit is actually an unripened flower spike, covered with hexagonal scales that dry out and separate as the fruit ripens from the base upwards, revealing the white pulp. It takes a little longer than a year to mature to an edible stage. See Article about Philodendrons.
Variegated Butter Cup, Cup of gold. Striking vine... more
Solandra maxima - Variegated Butter Cup
Variegated Butter Cup, Cup of gold. Striking vine with glossy leaves and large showy white to yellow flowers.The flowers are truly spectacular, shaped like a chalice, 6-10" long, flaring open to 4-7" across. The five lobes of the corolla are reflexed, and each lobe is marked with a narrow purplish brown ridge on the inside. The flowers start out yellow and turn deeper golden as they age. They are fragrant, especially at night, with a scent reminiscent of coconut. Cup of gold blooms intermittently through the year, but mainly in the winter dry season.
Apricot Tecoma, Cape Honeysuckle. Rare variety of... more
Tecomaria capensis Apricot (Hammers Rose)
Apricot Tecoma, Cape Honeysuckle. Rare variety of tecomaria with apricot color flowers. This plant stays compact unlike other tecomarias that may become leggy. Usually kept clipped, it is often used as a low hedge. It has attractive, light green foliage and frequent displays of long, tubular flowers that may be apricot or orange at the ends of the stems. Cape Honeysuckle needs very well-drained soil and prefers full sun, but will bloom in filtered light; flowering is best is slightly cooler climates.
Rare variety - Yellow Cape Honeysuckle. Attractive, dark green foliage and frequent displays of long, yellow tubular flowers at the ends of the stems. This is a sprawling plant that, if left unpinned, puts out long stems and becomes almost a vine that needs some kind of support. Usually kept clipped, it is often used as a low hedge. Cape Honeysuckle needs very well-drained soil and prefers full sun, but will bloom in filtered light; flowering is best is slightly cooler climates.