Author: Steve Turner

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

The Bombacaceae Family

The Bombacaceae family, commonly called the Bombax or Kapok family is comprised of 30 genera and 250 species of tropical trees, many of them deciduous.  Ceiba pentandra (The Kapok Tree) is the tallest, as it can attain a height of 70m.  Some members of this family are commercially important for their timber, fruit and fibers,…
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October 6, 2013 0

Unusual Palm Seedlings

Normally, Richard Lyons’ Nursery offers large specimen Palm Trees for the landscape.  While this is still true, the nursery has recently purchased seeds of some hard to find palm tree species.  These have germinated, and they have been transplanted into 1 gal. containers for sale.  So, if you are patient enough to wait, and watch…
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September 1, 2013 0

Richard Lyons’ Nursery

The typical summer humidity and afternoon thunderstorms of South Florida are upon us.  Despite the weather though, this is an ideal time of the year to add plants to your landscape.  They will get enough water without worrying about irrigation, and will become established before our dry winter arrives. The nursery has a wide variety of…
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July 28, 2013 0

Guaiacum sanctum (Holywood Lignum vitae)

Most people know Guaiacum sanctum simply as ‘Lignum vitae,’ but its true recognized common name is actually ‘Holywood Lignum vitae.’  The basic two-word term Lignum vitae is somewhat misleading, because it applies not only to G. sanctum, but also to other species of Guaiacum.  G. officinale is the Roughbark (or Common) Lignum vitae.  ‘Lignum vitae’…
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June 14, 2013 0

Verawood (Bulnesia arborea)

Verawood is a tree with a spreading, rounded growth habit, which creates dense shade under its canopy.  Over time the canopy becomes wider than the overall height of the tree which can obtain a height of 20-30 feet.  It has shiny dark green pinnately compound leaves composed of 7-14 pairs of leaflets.  It produces brilliant yellow…
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June 2, 2013 0