Erblichia odorata , Flor de Fuego, Butterfly Tree

Erblichia odorata

Flor de Fuego, Butterfly Tree
Family: Turneraceae
Origin: Central America
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plant

Erblichia odorata (Flor de Fuego) is an evergreen tree, growing 10-20 feet tall when mature. It requires full sun and moderate water, making it hardy in USDA Zone 9-11 and able to withstand cold temperatures down to the 30s F for a short time for a mature plant.

This tree is a popular choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Its ease of growth and disease resistance make it a low-maintenance addition to any landscape. The tree's fragrant flowers add a pop of color, making it a great choice for gardeners looking to enhance their outdoor spaces.

For gardeners in areas with cooler winter temperatures, it is recommended to grow Erblichia odorata in a pot. A good quality potting mix, proper drainage, and adequate light and water are essential for the tree's success in a container environment. During the winter, it is important to protect the tree from excessive cold, wind, and frost by keeping it in a sheltered spot, such as a sunroom or greenhouse. The temperature should not drop below freezing.

Erblichia odorata is a rare tree in cultivation, but it is gaining popularity for its beauty and versatility. Its long, narrow leaves and large, apricot-scented flowers make it one of the most beautiful flowering trees in Central America. The flower color can range from yellow to deep orange. The tree blooms from late fall through early winter, and a dry period is beneficial for profuse blooming in its natural habitat.

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