Sweet Mimosa. One of the most useful tropical plants... more
Acacia farnesiana - Sweet Mimosa
Sweet Mimosa. One of the most useful tropical plants that is very cold tolerant, blooms all winter through spring with honey-fragrant flowers - canary yellow powder puffs, attracting bees and butterflies. This is a large size, multi-stem thorny shrub 15x15 ft that requires some space. It is very fast growing, can be used as a good screen plant. It will bring you joy with pretty flowers and sweet fragrance even during freeze snaps when other trees lose leaves and suffer. This one will continue blooming and stays evergreen - a real survivor! Tolerates poor soils and drought too. Provide regular water to establish quicker.
One of the most attractive of the Archontophoenix... more
Archontophoenix purpurea - Purple King Palm
One of the most attractive of the Archontophoenix and performs very well. The purple of the crownshaft is its main ornamental feature making it unique among palms. Purple color seems to be more prominent with slight shaded, protected situations. This is a pretty robust plant, compared to the regular King palm. Leaves have a whitish underside and trunks are more markedly ringed.
Variegated Purple Primrose, Chinese Violet. The brightly... more
Asystasia variegata - Variegated Chinese Violet
Variegated Purple Primrose, Chinese Violet. The brightly variegated leaves of yellow and dark green, make a great contrast with the flowers. It thrives in sun or partial shade and can tolerant dry conditions, heat, humidity, salty air, and poor nutrient soils. Give this easy growing plant good drainage and medium moisture for optimum growth. Can be used as a mass planting under large trees and borders in full sun, semi-shade or full shade. It is also a good container plant. Leaves have been eaten as spinach in India. This ground cover thrives in semi-shade and will also grow in sunny spots if it receives adequate moisture. It can be planted in any soil in the garden, but will do better if plenty of compost is added.
The slightly fragrant flowers are reminiscent of showy... more
Bauhinia variegata purple - Orchid Tree
The slightly fragrant flowers are reminiscent of showy orchids, with five irregular, usually slightly overlapping petals in shades of magenta, lavender or purplish blue. Great landscape shade tree. See Article about this plant.
Spiny Black Olive, Ming Tree. Exotic small tree that... more
Bucida (Terminalia) spinosa - Spiny Black Olive
Spiny Black Olive, Ming Tree. Exotic small tree that is valuable as unusual bonsai subject or specimen plant. This delicate tree grows into a bonsai almost by itself! Can be used as a potted indoor tree. It is very salt tolerant, making it a good choice for bonsai lovers by the sea. Bonsai shapes are awesome. They have small leaves and thorns and and grow out erratically in all directions, forming diamond-like lace.
Flame of the Forest - a stunning small tree from India,... more
Butea monosperma (frondosa) - Flame of the Forest
Flame of the Forest - a stunning small tree from India, Sri Lanka with spectacular clusters of red flowers. Very slow growing. The trunk is very interesting, it becomes twisted, follows no particular pattern, making it a conversation piece. At the base it can form a bottle-like caudex if grown in a pot. This tree drops leaves in late spring and starts re-leafing around end of June (in Florida).
Bridalveil Tree - makes a wonderful shade tree, the... more
Caesalpinia granadillo - Bridalveil Tree
Bridalveil Tree - makes a wonderful shade tree, the 35-foot-high tree clothed with finely textured, pinnately compound, evergreen leaves. In summer and fall, it is decorated with showy yellow blossoms. The bark is also quite striking, peeling off in thin strips showing an unusual green and gray mottling. The tree is usually found growing with several trunks originating from the lower four feet of the tree. This feature, along with the unusual bark traits, make this a highly desirable tree for planting in almost any landscape.
Pride of Barbados, Dwarf Poinciana, Peacock flower,... more
Caesalpinia pulcherrima - Red Dwarf Poinciana, Bird of Paradise
Pride of Barbados, Dwarf Poinciana, Peacock flower, Flower Fence - bright pink/red flowers, national flower of Barbados. Showy flowers almost year round. Dormant in winter. Peacock flower - perfect color accent for a small yard or patio. Eye-stopper!
Dwarf Bottlebrush, Popular plant in dwarf version.... more
Callistemon Little John - Dwarf Bottlebrush
Dwarf Bottlebrush, Popular plant in dwarf version. Good for container growing or small garden. Small shrub 2-3 ft tall with showy bright red flowers during spring-summer. Drought tolerant once established. See Article about this plant.
Jamaica Caper Tree, Mustard Tree. Jamaica caper produces... more
Capparis cynophallophora - Jamaica Caper
Jamaica Caper Tree, Mustard Tree. Jamaica caper produces large quantities of flowers with white petals and many purple stamens, which extend beyond the petals. Fruit are slender, rust-colored pods which split open to expose orange-red seeds. The dense, strong Jamaica caper is very wind resistant and extremely salt tolerant.
Hottentot Fig, Giant Pigface. Unusual plant from South... more
Carpobrotus acinaciformis - Hottentot Pigface
Hottentot Fig, Giant Pigface. Unusual plant from South Africa with leaves gray-green, saber-shaped and up to 3 in long. From spring to fall the plants bear purple flowers up to 6 in across that open only in the sun. Low growing, drought-tolerant, salt-tolerant, butterfly plant.
Golden shower tree, Indian Laburnum - To many tropical... more
Cassia fistula - Golden Shower Tree
Golden shower tree, Indian Laburnum - To many tropical gardeners, the most beautiful of cassias is Cassia fistula. This is a medium to large tree with ovate, pointed leaflets; when these drop, usually in the dry season, masses of bright gold flower clusters appear on almost every branch. This tree drops leaves in fall/winter.
Clusias, with their beautiful "porcelain" flowers,... more
Clusia rosea Aureo Variegata - Variegated Autograph Tree
Clusias, with their beautiful "porcelain" flowers, are the easiest plants to grow. It will forgive you if you forget to water it... Takes both sun or shade. Very slow growing and can be used as a potted specimen. The plant forms interesting aerial roots. Small leathery, pear shaped leaves on compact, rounded shrub, with small light pink flowers. The leaves have a special effect: you may write with a sharp stick on the surface, and the writing will stay forever. Thus the common name of this plant!
Seagrape. Popular plant used as an ornamental in gardens... more
Coccoloba uvifera - Sea Grape
Seagrape. Popular plant used as an ornamental in gardens or indoors, subjected to salty winds and drought. It has stiff, rounded platter-like leaves shading from yellowish to olive green with prominent veins. Long clusters of berry-like fruit which follow are striking and give the tree its popular name. Somewhat acid in taste, the fruit can be used to make jelly. Very easy to grow and undemanding plant.
Coconut palm. "Symbol of the tropics", often used... more
Cocos nucifera - Coconut palm
Coconut palm. "Symbol of the tropics", often used as a houseplant. Fast growing palm proven to help clean indoor air of smoke and harmful chemicals. Bares coconuts 12 months a year for fresh coconut milk and copra (dried coconut). We do not ship coconut palms to CA, TX, AZ, LA!
Cordia boissieri - White Geiger tree, Texas Olive,... more
Cordia boissieri - White Geiger tree
Cordia boissieri - White Geiger tree, Texas Olive, Anacahuita. Very popular small trees adorned through much of the spring and summer with large clusters of showy white flowers. Requires ample water to become established, after which it is generally considered quite water efficient. These plants don't like to be grown in pots, in spite of their small size, and usually don't look very happy in containers; however once planted in the ground,they grow faster and start thriving. Cold tolerant plant, takes some freeze.
Yellow Geiger tree. Ever-blooming small tree with... more
Cordia lutea - Yellow Geiger tree
Yellow Geiger tree. Ever-blooming small tree with elliptic leaves with rough upper surface. Flowers are bright canary-yellow in clusters. Free-branching habit. The plant requires regular watering until established. Nice specimen container plant. Nice small tree for limited space yard.
Cordia sebestena - Scarlet (Orange) Geiger tree. Showy... more
Cordia sebestena - Scarlet Geiger tree
Cordia sebestena - Scarlet (Orange) Geiger tree. Showy small tree with bright scarlet flowers followed by white edible fruit. According to the legend, the tree was named in memory of John Geiger a Key West 19th century pilot and wrecker. Flowers appear scattered over the tree, most of warm season. Popular landscape tree, however it is cold sensitive and won't tolerate any frost; other than that, it is easy to grow and undemanding.
Royal poinciana - one of the most popular tropical... more
Delonix regia - Royal poinciana, Flamboyant
Royal poinciana - one of the most popular tropical trees covered with bright red orchid-like flowers from late winter through early summer. A must for any tropical garden, this tree however requires space since it spreads its branches 30-40 ft wide or more. "The Royal Poinciana is one of the most spectacular flowering trees in the USA, and probably among the top 10 on this planet. In full bloom, it is like a regal elephant caparisoned in red and yellow brilliance." (Larry M. Schokman, The Kampong, National Tropical Botanic Garden)
Fairy Petticoats. The masses of white to pinkish flowers... more
Elaeocarpus grandiflorus - Fairy Petticoats
Fairy Petticoats. The masses of white to pinkish flowers with unusual liquorice scent are hanging downwards, like those of lily-of-the-valley, with cup-shaped feathery petals and fringed edge, recemble small hanging skirts, hence the attractive common name of Fairy Petticoats. The stones of Elaeocarpus trees are used in India as necklaces, stained or set in gold. Elaeocarpus is particularly important in rosaries worn by Hindu mendicants, followers of Shiva, as they afford assistance to the attainment of Heaven and Shiva's company. Rudraksha tree has been given a very special place and it is credited with mystical and divine properties. It is said that the seed contains the secrets of entire evolution of the cosmos within it (beads are generally used with Shiva mantra) and the plant is originated from the tear drops of Lord Shiva...
Medium to large tree, rare in cultivation. Flowers... more
Erythrina livingstoniana - Cry Baby Tree
Medium to large tree, rare in cultivation. Flowers in very striking terminal racemes, resembling the inflorescences of Aloe, scarlet-red. Seeds bright red with a white spot. The flowers of this species are larger and more spectacular than any other Erythrina species.
Peruvian Lily is very showy red flower that grows... more
Eucrosia bicolor - Peruvian Lily
Peruvian Lily is very showy red flower that grows from tropical bulbs that are very easy to grow and bloom. They go dormant for the winter. When dormant, keep the soil slightly moist and the pot in a shady location.