Category: Under the Jakfruit Tree

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

Pink Shaving Brush Tree

One look at Pseudobombax ellipticum flowers, and you immediately know how the tree got its common name. Of course, that is assuming you are old enough to know what a shaving brush is. Everyone else ‘Google’ it. This is a very large tree with a very large spreading crown. The tree is deciduous, and the…
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March 27, 2022 0


Myrciaria cauliflora like all trees in the Myrtle Family (Myrtaceae), its bark peels revealing a smooth mottled trunk. This is very attractive, and with small leaves that emerge papery red before hardening off to light green, this tree is ideal for tropical bonsai. However, most people grow this Brazilian native for its sweet grape like…
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March 20, 2022 0

Indian Mallow or Canary Tree

Abutilon chittendenii is a member of the Hibiscus family. It is a large shrub or small tree attaining a height of 10 feet with broad heart shaped leaves. It has canary yellow five petaled flowers in clusters along its branches. It is a winter bloomer and both bees and butterflies are attracted to its flowers.…
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March 13, 2022 0

Caribwood Tree

Poitea carinalis (formerly Sabinea carinalis) is a small tree 10-15′ tall which is endemic to the island of Dominica in the West Indies.  It officially became the national flower of Dominica in 1978.  It grows along dry coastal areas on the island, although there are few individuals remaining in the wild. This tree is an…
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March 6, 2022 0

Rabbit Ears Shrub

The most often used common name for Ruttya fruticosa is of course Rabbit Ears. When you see a picture of the flowers this becomes obvious. However, Jammy Mouth and Gummy Mouth have been used to a lesser extent due to the heavy dark markings on the lip of the flowers that resembles jam. This low…
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February 27, 2022 0