Rainbow Shower Tree: Featured Plant of the Week

Cassia fistula x C. javanica (Rainbow Cassia)

This tree is a hybrid between Cassia fistula (Golden Shower Tree) and Cassia javanica(Apple Blossom Tree).  The flowers are a blend of the two trees.  Some are more yellow than pink, while others are the reverse, giving a very spectacular look to the tree when it is in full bloom.  We propagate this tree by air-layering to get an identical tree as the parent.  If you are looking for something a little different, but very beautiful, this may be the tree for you.

Citrus Diseases and Pests

We have several customers coming to the nursery requesting citrus trees.  They are disappointed to hear we do not sell any.  Listed below are 3 links to articles detailing 3 major reasons we do not grow and sell citrus trees.  The first two detail the two major diseases of citrus trees in South Florida, Citrus Greening and Citrus Canker.  Both of these diseases are present in South Florida, and eventually will kill your trees.  The third link describes the Citrus Leafminer.  A tiny moth, whose larvae curls and deforms leaves.  While mostly a cosmetic problem, a problem none the less, which causes the leaves to become marred and deformed, thus leaving the overall appearance of the tree somewhat ugly.  This is very bothersome to most gardeners, and the only remedy is to use costly pesticides.  It is for these reasons we do not recommend citrus trees for the South Florida landscape.

  1. http://southeastagnet.com/2012/07/18/ufifas-model-shows-how-citrus-greening-spreads-within-tree/
  2. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/cg040
  3. http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/citrus/citrus_leafminer.htm

A light rain but not much more

Today is Saturday July 7, 2012. We had a light rain sprinkle for a minute or two this morning, which was enough to wet down the dust. Not enough to provide a good drink for the plants and trees. I toured the nursery and grove this morning and found many wonderful blooms. We have uploaded photos of some of the plants taken today. Those mentioned photos which are not shown here can be found in the Plant Gallery at our old website www.rarefloweringtrees.com, the companion site to this site.



Star potato

Star potato

Velvet apple, red shrimp, mamey, Clerodendrum minahassae, various crepe myrtlesCassia afrofistula, sweet almond, Chinese rain bells, an orange costus, angel wing begonia, dune sun flower, porterweed, white, red and yellow plumerias, Brazilian red cloak, star potato, akee, strawberry tree, sapodilla, Spanish lime, Brachychiton acerifolius, Chinese fringe plant, Clerodendrum paniculata, white costus, Barbados cherry. Too many more blooming and fruiting plants to mention here; this will be continued next week.