I went past a Bixa orellana (Lipstick Tree) tree in a golf cart planted at Richard Lyons Nursery and couldn’t help but notice how spectacular this tree looked. Bright red seed pods against dark green heart shaped leaves, and beautiful pinkish lavendar colored blossoms,
The tree is native to northern S. America, Central America, and Mexico. The bright red seed pods give the tree its common name, Lipstick Tree. The seeds are the source of annatto, a natural orange-red dye. The ground seeds are used in many recipes throughout its growing region.
Richard Lyons Nursery has this tree currently in stock.