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

Tropical Bleeding Heart Vine

Tropical Bleeding Heart Vine, Clerodendrum thomsoniae, is native to tropical West Africa. This vine can attain a height of 13′ tall with very woody stems. While it is classified as a vine, it does resemble a small shrub. The bright red flowers emerge from a pure white five-lobed calyx in clusters of 8-20. There is…
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February 12, 2023 0


Begonia’s in the landscape make excellent border plants for a shady moist location. Also, there are some stand alone clumping Angel Wing Begonia’s, that bloom continuously and can attain a height of 4-5 feet. Richard Lyons nursery has several in stock. Below are some photos of these plants in the landscape.

February 5, 2023 0

Tropical Black Bamboo

Gigantochloa atroviolacea is commonly called Tropical Black Bamboo or Java Black Bamboo. It is a dense tropical clumping bamboo native to S.E. Asia and can attain a height of 20-40 feet. This bamboo does well in drier well drained areas of South Florida. In fact, the purplish black color is more intense under these growing…
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January 29, 2023 0


Manilkara zapota is native to Mexico and Central America but grows quite well in South Florida. The white latex sap of this tree was once a source for chiclets chewing gum. Today the tree is grown for the sweet brown fruits and also as a shade tree. Richard Lyons Nursery currently has ripe fruit on…
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January 22, 2023 0

Jujube Fruit Tree

Ziziphus jujuba is a fruit tree in the Rhamnaceae or Buckthorn Family, that grows very well in S. Florida.  Its origin is southern Asia and has been cultivated in China for 4000 years where there are 400 known varieties.  It can attain a height of 20′ and 12′ wide with shiny green foliage and bears a small oval fruit in…
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January 15, 2023 0