Melicope denhamii is native to South East Asia, it grows 5-10 feet tall as a large shrub or 10-20 feet as a small tree. It can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11. It requires full sun in order to thrive and does best in regular water and well-drained soil.
This slow-growing tree is hardy and drought tolerant once it is established. Good air circulation is important to avoid fungal diseases. Fertilize twice a year in late winter and in summer with a fertilizer that's low in nitrogen, high in phosphorus and potassium.
When pruning this tree, it is important to take caution with pruning due to its dense foliage and to avoid over-pruning which may damage the plant. Pruning should only be done periodically and light pruning done in late winter or spring with the goal to reduce overgrowth and encourage new, healthier growth.
For those looking to grow this tree in areas with colder climates, it can be grown in a large container. It should be placed in an area that receives full sun and watered consistently throughout the year. During winter months, the tree should be protected from temperatures below 20F and brought indoors to avoid cold damage.
Overall, Melicope denhamii is a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant and ornamental evergreen plant that can add lots of color to your garden or patio. With the right care and attention, it can bring a lot of joy and beauty to any environment.