Category: Flowering Shrubs

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

Under The Jakfruit Tree

A couple of months ago I wrote a short blurb about Red Firespike (odontonema strictum) as it was in full bloom. Well it is still in full bloom. There is nothing significant about that fact, but now its cousin, Purple Firespike (odontonema callistachyum), has joined Red Firespike in full bloom. The two together make a…
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January 31, 2021 0

Under The Jakfruit Tree

Tropical Hydrangea is probably not a very good common name given the fact this plant is not related to Hydrangea at all. However, the flowers strikingly, do resemble the temperate species. I am referring to Dombeya wallichii. About a month ago I wrote about its cousin, Dombeya burgessiae ‘Seminole’. Dombeya wallichii also attracts an abundance…
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January 24, 2021 0

Under The Jakfruit Tree

Mandarin Hat or China Hat Plant  (Holmskioldia sanguinea) is well named due to the flower shape.  It does in fact resemble a hat from the far east.  This Asian shrub flowers most heavily between October and May.   This is ideal for South Florida since this shrub is an excellent hummingbird nectar source and that…
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December 27, 2020 0

Under The Jakfruit Tree

Tropical Hydrangea is probably not a very good common name given the fact this plant is not related to Hydrangea at all. I am referring to Dombeya burgessiae ‘Seminole’. A large shrub with dark green foliage contrasting with bright pink hydrangia looking blossoms. It is currently flowering all around South Florida, and will do so…
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December 13, 2020 0

Under The Jakfruit Tree

It is peek flowering season for one of the more colorful shrubs in the South Florida landscape, with an unusual common name. I am referring to the Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow shrub (Brunfelsia grandiflora). While it starts blooming in late September or early October, and continues into the springtime, mid-November thru December really is at…
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November 22, 2020 0