Beaucarnea recurvata (Ponytail Palm)

Quick!  Can you name a beautiful ornamental succulent plant that somehow belongs in the same family as hyacinth and asparagus?  Our choice is Beaucarnea recurvata, a uniquely constructed tree native to arid areas of southeastern Mexico.  Where it’s native, Beaucarnea can reach 30 ft. high … Continue reading

Polyalthia longifolia (Mast Tree)

About 35-40 years ago, a Miami couple fresh from a long trip to Asia brought seeds of an attractive Indian evergreen tree to Fairchild Tropical Garden.  Over time this species, Polyalthia longifolia (a/k/a P. longifolia var. pendula), has proven to be a very successful … Continue reading

Euphorbia punicea (Jamaican Poinsettia)

The Jamaican Poinsettia is native to Jamaica, and a relative of the Christmas Poinsettia.  Unlike the poinsettia you buy at Christmas, this large shrub or small tree, 12-15′, flowers year round.  In Jamaica, this small tree grows in limestone soils … Continue reading