Barringtonia sp., Barringtonia

Barringtonia sp.

Family: Lecythidaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersWhite, off-white flowersPoisonous or toxicPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plant

Barringtonia sp. (Barringtonia) is a small evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia with pendulous racemes of white, off-white, and red, crimson, or vinous flowers. Highly fragrant, it will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to any garden. Though beautiful, this tree is poisonous or toxic when ingested, so it is important to keep any areas where children may play away from it.

This tree should be grown in full sun to semi-shade locations, and it requires regular watering to do its best. In can be grown in USDA Zone 9-11. In cold regions, it can be planted in a pot brought in during colder weather to keep it safe from frost. When growing in a pot, make sure to choose the right size pot and use a well-draining soil. Water the tree generously until the soil has been saturated, and then water only enough to keep the soil moist. During winter, water the tree only when the topsoil feels dry and make sure to reduce the amount of water given. Additionally, prune any dead branches or growth and mulch around the base of the tree to protect its roots from the cold.

Barringtonia sp. (Barringtonia) is a small, but beautiful tree to add interest and plenty of color to any garden. With its fragrant and colorful flowers, you can make sure you'll always have some winged visitors to the garden. Just remember, when planting this tree, to give it all the necessary care it needs to thrive, and keep any areas where children play away from it due to its poisonous properties.

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