Author: Steve Turner

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

Indian Mallow or Canary Tree

Abutilon chittendenii is a member of the Hibiscus family. It is a large shrub or small tree attaining a height of 10 feet with broad heart shaped leaves. It has canary yellow five petaled flowers in clusters along its branches. It is a winter bloomer and both bees and butterflies are attracted to its flowers.…
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March 13, 2022 0

Caribwood Tree

Poitea carinalis (formerly Sabinea carinalis) is a small tree 10-15′ tall which is endemic to the island of Dominica in the West Indies.  It officially became the national flower of Dominica in 1978.  It grows along dry coastal areas on the island, although there are few individuals remaining in the wild. This tree is an…
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March 6, 2022 0

Rabbit Ears Shrub

The most often used common name for Ruttya fruticosa is of course Rabbit Ears. When you see a picture of the flowers this becomes obvious. However, Jammy Mouth and Gummy Mouth have been used to a lesser extent due to the heavy dark markings on the lip of the flowers that resembles jam. This low…
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February 27, 2022 0

White Candles

Whitfieldia elongata is a shade tolerant shrub from tropical Africa. In the garden it can attain a height of 4 to 6 feet tall. It can also be grown in a large container indoors and kept smaller than what is seen in the ground. This shrub has dark green glossy foliage which contrast nicely with…
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February 20, 2022 0


Odontonema strictum is native to South America and grows very well in South Florida. Its twelve-inch flower spikes consist of waxy tubular flowers. This shrub is one of the best shrubs in South Florida to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and honeybees. The red flowering variety blooms most of the year. However, the purple variety is quite…
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February 13, 2022 0