Category: Flowering Shrubs

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

Sweet Almond (Aloysia virgata)

Plant lovers appreciate the vast array of fragrances encountered in tropical and subtropical species.  One of the best of them introduced to our region is the Sweet Almond, Aloysia virgata.  Its strong fragrance is optimally enjoyed at a distance from the plant, where breezes easily carry it.  Native to fairly dry subtropical areas of Argentina, Sweet Almond can be grown in the ground all…
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November 17, 2012 0

Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow (Brunfelsia grandiflora)

Brunfelsia grandiflora is a member of the Solanaceae Family, which its most recognizable member is the Tomato Plant.  Its common name, Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow, is aptly named, as its flowers start out purple, fading to pale lavender, and then to white over a 3-4 day period.  When the shrub is in full bloom in late October –…
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October 20, 2012 0

Fukien Tea Plant

The Fukien Tea Plant is named for the Fukien or Fujien Province of S. China where it is native.  Its botanical name which most people are familiar with is Carmona microphylla.  However, recently it has been renamed Ehretia buxifolia.  It is a member of the Boraginaceae family, or Borage Family.  In the Philippines, the leaves…
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September 9, 2012 0

Ficus microcarpa (Green Island Ficus)

In our part of the world, the genus Ficus has gotten a rather mixed reputation, primarily because some species have aggressive root systems than can raise sidewalks, crack foundations and clog underground pipes.  But not all of the 800 or so species of this genus present such risks.  One that is especially useful in the landscape of…
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September 1, 2012 0