Brunfelsia densifolia, Serpentine Hill rain tree

Brunfelsia densifolia

Serpentine Hill rain tree
Family: Solanaceae
Origin: Puerto Rico
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterYellow, orange flowersWhite, off-white flowersFragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Brunfelsia densifolia grows in USDA Zone 9-11 and can reach a mature height of 5-10 ft. Once established, it requires very little water and can tolerate periods of drought. When watering, they should be kept on the dry side as they don't appreciate being over-watered. It can survive short periods of cold as low as the 30s F for a short time, making it a very cold hardy plant.

Brunfelsia densifolia has very attractive, fragrant white or off-white flowers that alternate with yellow or orange flowers from year to year. This plant is relatively easy to care for and grows best in full sun to semi-shade. In cold regions, the plant is best grown in a container and brought in over winter to prevent leaf damage from cold. When caring for Brunfelsia densifolia in container, water regularly but maintain a soil that drains well. Feed your serpentine hill rain tree with a balanced fertilizer formula every two months during the growing season and once a year in winter. Prune any damaged branches in the spring, and deadhead spent flowers to encourage new bloom.

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