Author: Steve Turner

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

Unusual Palm Seedlings

Normally, Richard Lyons’ Nursery offers large specimen Palm Trees for the landscape.  While this is still true, the nursery has recently purchased seeds of some hard to find palm tree species.  These have germinated, and they have been transplanted into 1 gal. containers for sale.  So, if you are patient enough to wait, and watch…
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September 1, 2013 0

Richard Lyons’ Nursery

The typical summer humidity and afternoon thunderstorms of South Florida are upon us.  Despite the weather though, this is an ideal time of the year to add plants to your landscape.  They will get enough water without worrying about irrigation, and will become established before our dry winter arrives. The nursery has a wide variety of…
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July 28, 2013 0

Guaiacum sanctum (Holywood Lignum vitae)

Most people know Guaiacum sanctum simply as ‘Lignum vitae,’ but its true recognized common name is actually ‘Holywood Lignum vitae.’  The basic two-word term Lignum vitae is somewhat misleading, because it applies not only to G. sanctum, but also to other species of Guaiacum.  G. officinale is the Roughbark (or Common) Lignum vitae.  ‘Lignum vitae’…
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June 14, 2013 0

Verawood (Bulnesia arborea)

Verawood is a tree with a spreading, rounded growth habit, which creates dense shade under its canopy.  Over time the canopy becomes wider than the overall height of the tree which can obtain a height of 20-30 feet.  It has shiny dark green pinnately compound leaves composed of 7-14 pairs of leaflets.  It produces brilliant yellow…
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June 2, 2013 0

Pink Shower Tree (Cassia bakeriana)

An alternative to the more widely planted Cassia javanica (Apple Blossom Shower Tree), C. bakeriana, is smaller in stature, attaining a height of 20-30′, with a 10-15′ canopy spread.  However, what it lacks in overall height, it more than makes up for in bloom size and quantity of flowers.  Its long arching branches are completely…
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March 17, 2013 0