Author: Steve Turner

Rare & Unusual Tropical Trees & Plants, Flowering, Fruit, Native, Palm, Bamboo, Heliconia, Hummingbird, Butterfly

Ylang-Ylang Tree and Dwarf Ylang-Ylang Tree

Conanga odorata is the full-size Ylang-Ylang Tree and Conanga odorata var. fruticosa is a dwarf Ylang-Ylang Tree. They both have very fragrant flowers in the evening and early morning hours. The full-size tree can attain a height of 30+ feet in South Florida, while its dwarf cousin maybe only 12-15′. The flowers of both look…
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October 29, 2022 0

Autograph or Pitch Apple Tree

Clusia rosea in recent years has been mostly planted as a hedge plant to replace all of the Ficus benjamina hedges in South Florida that were decimated with white flies and thrips. However, as a stand-alone specimen tree in the landscape, as it naturally grows, it is far more spectacular. With its prop roots hanging…
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October 23, 2022 0

Blanchet’s Aechmea ‘Orange’ Bromeliad

Aechmea blanchetiana is a large clumping terrestrial bromeliad that is very colorful when grown in full sunlight. It has bright orange leaves that will contrast nicely with any dark green foliage in the garden. It also has very colorful flower spikes which can reach 3-4′ above its leaves. It can bloom any time during the…
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October 16, 2022 0

Florida Keys Blackbead

Pithecellobium keyense is a Florida native occurring as far north as southern Martin County and going south through Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. It is a small multi-trunk tree reaching 12-15′. The flowers are small pinkish white puff balls that are somewhat fragrant attracting bees and butterflies. The seed pods are green pealike…
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October 9, 2022 0


Gaura lindheimeri ‘Karalee Petite Pink’ is a very interesting low growing perennial plant for full sun. This perennial is an excellent border plant with colorful foliage consisting of long strap-like leaves in a tight rosette. The leaves can be green, green and burgandy, or deep burgundy depending on light levels. The flower spikes are 10-14″…
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October 2, 2022 0