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Aetanthus nodosus, Aetanthus

Aetanthus nodosus

Family: Loranthaceae
Origin: Ecuador
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The Aetanthus nodosus, is an evergreen shrub that is a native to Ecuador. It grows to a height of 10 to 20 feet, with a spread of around four to eight feet. Aetanthus nodosus have a pleasing fragrance and produce beautiful vinous flowers. The flowers of this small tree are red in colour and have yellow or orange centres.

Aetanthus nodosus is a hardy species that can withstand drought and requires full sun or semi-shade. This small tree is a great addition to any garden for its breezy demeanor and is also known for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. The mature plants are cold hardy to at least the 30s F for a short time.

Aetanthus nodosus requires well-drained soil and can be planted in USDA Zones 9 to 11. When planted in a pot, it should be given good soil, a pot with drainage holes, and placed in the sun, but protected from the cold in areas with cooler climates. In the pot, it should be given a slow-release fertilizer in the spring and extra water when necessary. During the colder months, the plant should be moved to a sheltered area such as a porch, garage, or sunroom. The pot should be rotated regularly so that the plant gets sunlight from all directions and it should be kept away from any vents or hot air.

Overall, Aetanthus nodosus is an easy-to-care-for shrub that is ideal for warm climates and those who appreciate the unique beauty of its red, crimson and vinous flowers. This small tree is resilient, yet delicate and provides a bit of natural beauty to any garden.

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