Richard Lyons Nursery, Inc.

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

Protecting Your Plants From The Cold

Thanks to cable television and the Internet, we now have unprecedented exposure to data on the climate.  Surely we’re living in the Golden Age of forecasting!  Unfortunately, the professionals aren’t always in agreement on long-term projections.  This winter, for the period December through February, one source predicted below-average temperatures, while another foresaw above-normal conditions.  In light of that yawning gap in prognostication,…
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January 13, 2013 0

Richard’s Special

Today we are introducing “Richard’s Special.” Keep watching our website as we post new specials. Today’s special is good until Sunday, January 13, 2013. We have Allspice trees in 15 gallon pots for $65 each, regular price $125. These trees are wonderfully fragrant and beautiful to look at. The trees are 12 feet and taller.…
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January 10, 2013 0

Autograph Tree or Pitch Apple (Clusia rosea)

In 1898, the United States became embroiled in the Spanish-American War. President William McKinley, eager to assess the relative strengths of the Spanish forces and Cuban insurgents, wanted to send a message to General Calixto Garcia, who was somewhere in the mountains of eastern Cuba. Col. Arthur Wagner, head of the Bureau of Military Intelligence,…
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January 5, 2013 0

Winter Gardening and U-pick at the Nursery

This is a very interesting time of year weather-wise. In November we experienced several cool days. Apparently the nighttime temperatures were low enough for the lychee trees to start to flower. With the last few nights in the fifties we might have a decent lychee crop in 2013. Hopefully the blooms will be a mix…
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December 27, 2012 0

Bauhinia blakeana (Hong Kong Orchid Tree)

Many botanists believe this tree is a hybrid between Bauhinia variegata and B. purpurea, and not a true species as its botanical name implies. The tree is sterile, so it does not produce seedpods and seeds.  This makes it an ideal Bauhinia, unlike many other Bauhinias which are invasive.   An individual tree was discovered in 1880 growing at a monastery in…
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December 15, 2012 0