It creates a sensational splash of contrasting color for any landscape. It bears masses of vinous-red or crimson flowers which are delicately scented and attract plenty of butterflies and hummingbirds.
This magnificent Callerya atropurpurea (Purple Milletia) is native to Malaysia and is a small tree that can reach a height of 10 to 20 feet. This evergreen tree is easy to grow and maintain and prefers to be grown in full sun. It can withstand moderate water, though it prefers a well-draining soil. The foliage is glossy and is made up of pinnate compound leaflets with an oblong and pointed shape.
When it blooms, Callerya atropurpurea sports a magnificent display of eye-catching deep red and purple petals and sepals. This stunning flower can attract a plethora of butterflies and hummingbirds. Furthermore, this specie is cold tolerant and can stay alive in temperatures down to 30s F for a short period of time. It is hardy to USDA Zone 9-11, but it can survive in colder regions as long as the pot is protected and brought indoors during the cold season.
When it comes to plant care, it is important to water regularly and evenly, allowing the soil to dry a bit between each irrigation. To keep it healthy and thriving, you should use high-quality soil and fertilizer, while pruning it yearly.
Callerya atropurpurea is an easy-care, low maintenance tree that will bring some vibrancy, beauty and interest to any garden or landscape. Its stunning deep red and purple flowers, as well as its lush foliage, will make sure it stands out, even among similar plants. It creates a unique, breathtaking sight that will invite plenty of pollinators and will bring you joy year after year.