Gardenia erubescens, Gardenia triacantha var. parvilimbis, Golden Fruit Gardenia

Gardenia erubescens, Gardenia triacantha var. parvilimbis

Golden Fruit Gardenia
Family: Rubiaceae
Origin: Tropical Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersEdible plantPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical plant.
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Gardenia erubescens, also known as the Golden Fruit Gardenia, is a large shrub or small tree native to tropical Africa that can grow between 5-10 feet tall when planted in containers in cold regions. Despite the harsh weather of these regions, the Gardenia erubescens can survive and thrive with full sun exposure and moderate amounts of water.

The Golden Fruit Gardenia produces white, off-white flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The flowers are aromatic and sweet smelling which make them especially attractive to gardeners looking to add scent to their outdoor living spaces. The Gardenia erubescens is also an ethnomedical plant, meaning it is used for medicinal purposes.

The Gardenia erubescens is a hardy species and can thrive in USDA hardiness zones 9-11. One of the most rewarding aspects of growing this plant is the beautiful fruits it produces. The pale yellow, ellipsoid fruit can be of sizes between 3-5cm in length. These fruits are edible and can be eaten raw or made into jams and jellies. The fruit contains high levels of vitamins A, B, and C and can help to improve digestive health and reduce inflammation. The Gardenia erubescens also produces high yields of fruit, sometimes up to three hundred fruits in one crop.

For anyone looking to enjoy the smell and rewards of the Gardenia erubescens, the best planting spot should be somewhere with full sun exposure to ensure a healthy and productive plant. With the right care, the Gardenia erubescens can offer gardeners an enjoyable and exotic addition to their outdoor living space.

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