Alvaradoa amorphoides, Mexican alvaradoa

Alvaradoa amorphoides

Mexican alvaradoa
Family: Simaroubaceae
Origin: Tropical America
Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Alvaradoa amorphoides (Mexican alvaradoa) is a small tree native to Tropical America featuring starkly beautiful white, off-white trumpet shaped flowers. It grows to roughly 10-20 feet tall and bears beautiful blossoms that attract hummingbirds and butterflies in abundance. It prefers full sun but is somewhat tolerant of semi-shade, and it needs regular watering to keep it at its best.

Grown in USDA Zones 9-11, Alvaradoa amorphoides does best in warm climates in the ground, but it can tolerate being grown in a container in cold climates, when brought inside for the winter months. Container plants should be kept in a sunny place but should be protected from extreme temperatures. Because of its high water requirement, the soil for container plants should be allowed to dry slightly between waterings. Adequate drainage is essential, so be sure to use a potting soil meant for container plants. It is also a good idea to add a slow-release fertilizer to the soil at the beginning of each growing season.

In its native regions, Alvaradoa amorphoides can grow up to 30 feet, with deeply divided glossy green leaves. In colder climates, it is best to prune the tree annually, particularly if kept in a container. Pruning will help to keep the plant in a manageable shape and to prevent it from overtaking its space. Care should be taken to ensure that the woody stems of the tree are not damaged while pruning, as they are sensitive to frost.

Alvaradoa amorphoides can be a striking focal point in any garden, with its white-blossomed foliage and airy, drought-tolerant shape. With adequate water, full sun, semi-shade, and protection from extreme temperatures, it is sure to be a show stopper for years to come.

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