Category: Flowering Trees

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

Fragrance for Your Yard, Part II

We continue with our look at fragrant plants that Richard Lyons’ Nursery recommends for your yard. Acacia farnesiana – Its common name, Sweet Acacia, describes the quality of its fragrance. This native North American species, which matures slowly to about 30 ft., has a lot going for it: It is relatively pest-free. It produces puffy, golden-yellow flowers…
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May 1, 2015 0

Fragrance for Your Yard

One of the many benefits of growing tropical plants is the ability to surround oneself with species that produce a fragrance. With judicious selection, a homeowner can have something sweet-smelling in flower just about year-round and can even satisfy a preference for daytime or nighttime scents. Following is a survey of some of the fragrant…
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April 24, 2015 0

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

Neem Tree (Azadirachta indica)

Does the name ‘azadirachtan’ ring a bell?  It probably should, because it is a hugely versatile chemical compound that has made the neem tree legendary in India and surrounding lands for some 2,000 years. And chances are that its full medicinal and insecticidal potential has yet to be tapped. The neem tree (Azadirachta indica), a…
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July 5, 2013 0

Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflora)

If you’re searching for a plant that’s easy to grow, look no further than Portulaca.  Also known as Moss Rose, this genus comprises somewhere between 40 and 100 species native to both Old World and New World locales. Fast-growing on thick reddish stems and featuring fleshy leaves, it literally thrives in the absence of attention.  Topping…
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June 24, 2013 0