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 introduction to the landscape of southern Florida.  Commonly known as the Mast Tree, it is pyramidal – or spindle-shaped – and capable of reaching 30+ ft. in height.  It features long drooping branches and dark green lance-shaped glossy leaves with undulating margins.  Polyalthia provides an excellent alternative to Italian Cypress, which in southern Florida is prone to spider mites and fungal disorders.

In the landscape of bustling Asian cities, the Mast Tree is often used to soften noise.  Aside from its ornamental appeal, Polyalthia is said to contain medicinal properties.  Studies reputedly confirm antifungal and antibacterial capacities, as well as usefulness in combating ulcers, fever, hyper-tension, diabetes, and certain cancers.  At the nursery, these handsome trees are available in 3- and 15-gallon sizes.

Polyalthia longifolia (Mast Tree)

Polyalthia longifolia (Mast Tree Flowers)

It Pays to be Social

If you’ve ever visited Richard Lyons Nursery in Miami, you already know that it’s a very friendly place. We want to help you find just the right plants and trees for your own tropical paradise because we share your passion for tropical plants, fruits and trees. The conversation doesn’t end when you leave our Nursery because we’re social. You can be our fan on Facebook or follow the Nursery on Twitter too.

We would love to know how you found our plant nursery. Please tell us when you visit, whether you heard from a friend or read a review on Yelp.com. It would also be great if you take the time to check in with your favorite social website when you visit. We currently offer discounts and specials for users on Yelp! and foursquare. If you use another network to share with your friends, tell us about that too. We love hearing about new ways to stay in touch with you.

Finally, keep watching this website grow. We have lots of things to share with you from beautiful blooms and tasty fruit to gardening tips and tricks to make your personal oasis bloom.

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 with little rainfall, so it makes an ideal candidate for S. Florida, when planted in a sunny location.

We have various sizes ranging from small seedlings to flowering size specimens.  Come take a look at one growing in the ground to give you an idea what to expect.

 

Euphorbia punicea (Jamaican Poinsettia)

 

Euphorbia punicea (Jamaican Poinsettia)

 

Euphorbia punicea (Jamaican Poinsettia)

 

Friends of the Gifford Arboretum September Meeting

Craig Morell, Pinecrest Gardens Horticulturist

Craig Morell, Pinecrest Gardens Horticulturist

Gifford Arboretum meeting
Thursday, Sept. 6, 7:00 pm
at University of Miami, Cox Science Center, Coral Gables, FL
Phone: (305) 284-1302
“A Better Diet Makes a Better Garden: The Renovation of Pinecrest Gardens.” Craig Morell, Pinecrest Gardens Horticulturist, will describe some of the profound changes that have taken place to transform Parrot Jungle into Pinecrest Gardens. Learn how proper use of fertilizers can improve your garden without damaging the environment, and also hear the history of, and future plans for, the garden.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Plant Sale

I will be one of the plant vendors at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s ‘Free Sundays in August’  promotion.  I will have plants for sale August 12th, 19th, and 26th.  Admission is free to everyone on those days, so come on over and enjoy the garden and say hello.  Hopefully we will have a plant you are interested in.