Under The Jakfruit Tree

It’s that time of year again when the red firespike is blooming and the ruby throated hummingbird has migrated from the north searching for nectar in its flowers. Some of the hummingbirds are content staying in South Florida for the winter, while others make a quick stop before continuing on to points farther south. At any rate, if you want to attract hummingbirds, the firespike shrub is a must have.

Richard Lyons Nursery has the red firespike in stock along with the purple firespike, which blooms a tad later than the red one. Hummingbirds don’t show any preference toward the color however.

Under The Jakfruit Tree

All around South Florida there are large trees blooming with no leaves and large showy pink blossoms. As you get closer to these trees, you will notice large thorns on the trunks and large surface roots. The trees that you are viewing are Silk Cotton or Silk Floss Trees (Chorisia speciosa). A member of the Bombacaceae Family, Chorisia speciosa is a spectacular tree in its own right, and the blossoms are just icing on the cake. To be up to date, the botanical name has changed to Ceiba speciosa, at least for now.

Richard Lyons Nursery has these trees available at the current time.

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Just a quick note about two popular Croton varieties. Croton is the common name of a shrub that has hundreds of hybrids and cultivars. It is a member of the Euphorbiaceae Family which is a large family of plants, with all having white latex sap. I am only going to mention Codiaeum variegatum ‘Dreadlocks’ and ‘King of Siam’. They both have long twisting cascading leaves of many colors. ‘Dreadlocks’ has more red in the leaves and a splotchy pattern. ‘King of Siam’ is predominately green and yellow, and more well defined spots.

Richard Lyons Nursery currently has both of these cultivars in stock.

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The Spider Lily (Hymenocallis latifolia) is a Florida native in the Amaryllis Family (Amaryllidaceae). It is a true bulb which is drought tolerant as well as salt spray tolerant. It can be grown in full sun or partial shade. It has dark green strap like leaves that are 2-3 feet in length, but it is grown for its showy white fragrant lily flowers that bloom in the summer and fall. The flowers have long sepals that hang down giving the appearance of a spider.

Richard Lyons Nursery currently has this plant in stock.

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Just a little blurb about a tree that until today, I was not aware was in Richard Lyons Nursery’s inventory. When I was looking for a tree for a customer, I noticed clusters of red berries on a couple of small trees. Upon closer scrutiny, I discovered two Dahoon Holly trees (Ilex cassine) in 7 gallon containers. This native holly, virtually occurs statewide with the exception of the Florida Keys. It grows in wet shady sites and is moderately salt tolerant. This tree can reach 20-30 feet with an 8-12 foot spread, but usually is much smaller as a landscape tree. The bright red holly berries are quite conspicuous, ripening in fall and persisting throughout the winter.

With the amount of berries present on these 2 trees in the nursery, we will be planting them, so Richard Lyons Nursery can have small plants to select from in the near future.