From Under the Jakfruit Tree

Plants you may be seeing blooming around town, but didn’t know what they were.  The most eye catching of these plants is the Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow shrub (Brunfelsia grandiflora).  Three different colors of flowers on the same plant.  The … Continue reading

The Imperial Bromeliad (Alcantarea imperialis)

Alcantarea imperialis is endemic to Brazil and is one of the largest terrestrial bromeliads. Its leaf color is very variable, ranging from all green to deep purple and various combinations in between.  You may recognize this bromeliad as Vriesea imperialis, … Continue reading

Queen’s Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia speciosa) and Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

Queen’s Crape Myrtle is a deciduous subtropical tree, USDA hardiness zone 10B-11, closely related to the more cold tolerant Lagerstroemia indica.  However, Queen’s Crape Myrtle has a single trunk,  much larger crown spread, larger leaves, and larger flowers varying in color from pink to … Continue reading