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Plant of the Month – March 2017

Erin Porter, Landscape Architect PLA

The African tulip tree is a showy bloomer in the winter and early spring.  Large clusters of 3”-4” orange flowers cover the canopy of this dense shady tree.  Native to equatorial Africa, this tree prefers full sun and will grow rapidly, although it will get much larger in its native homeland.  The wood of the tree can be weak, making wind a concern and trimming important. Interestingly enough, the wood of this tree is also somewhat fire resistant and is used in items such as bee keeper bellows.

SOURCES:

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/st600

http://www.richardlyonsnursery.com/african-tulip-tree-spathodea-campanulata/

http://floridata.com/Plants/Bignoniaceae/Spathodea%20campanulata/882

Plant of the Month – April 2016

Erin Porter

Erin Porter

 

It is April, which means two things: it is time to do your taxes, and the Tabs are blooming!  Each year, I look forward to the bright yellow flowers covering the interesting crooked, curved, kinked trunks of the Silver Trumpet trees, and they never disappoint.  Through most of the year, the Tabebuia will blend into its surroundings, providing an attractive foliage to a parking lot, patio or landscape buffer. But when spring comes, it drops its leaves and shows off clusters of yellow flowers.  Tabebuia exist in over 100 varieties, only a dozen or so with flowers.

Different species of Tabebuia bloom in different colors: yellow, pink and purple.  The Silver Trumpet tree is the most common in Florida and has a surprising tolerance to the cold. It is generally easy to take care of with little maintenance, but should be staked when young, as it can be weak-limbed.

 

SOURCES:

Flowering Trees of Florida, Mark K Stebbins

https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/st613

http://www.south-florida-plant-guide.com/tabebuia-tree.html

Silver Trumpet Tree

 

Plant of the Month – April 2013

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Daniel Sugg

April’s plant of the month is the Jaboticaba, Myciaria cauliflora. The Jaboticaba is a great large shrub or small fruiting tree that is underutilized in the Florida landscape. The showy trunk boasts bark that has a reddish brown top layer that peels off to show a more smooth creamy gray color.

If the trunk color is not interesting enough check out the white flowers and grape-like fruit that grow right on the trunk from the ground up.  The fruit is edible and very tasty.  It is a slow grower sometimes taking up to 8 years to start fruiting, so if you want immediate fruit you can specify fruiting age or size.   Once it starts fruiting it may only produce once a year but as it ages it will start to produce multiple times throughout the year.

The dense foliage and interesting characteristics make the Jaboticaba a great candidate for multiple applications in the landscape.

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Plant of the Month – February 2013

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Daniel Sugg

The February Plant of the Month is the Variegated Clusia, Clusia rosea ‘Variegata’ is also marketed as Clusia guttifera ‘Variegata’.  The Variegated Clusia is a relatively new cultivated specimen with only a handful of nurseries in South Florida currently growing them.

It is a very slow growing plant that can be used as a large accent shrub, dense hedge or small ornamental tree.  The large leaves are a beautiful dark green to a very light yellow variegation and create a dense shrub or canopy (if grown as a standard tree form).  So, be on the lookout for this new and upcoming plant, it will be a striking addition to any garden or landscape.

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