Native to Colombia, Gustavia gracillima (Heaven Lotus) is a showy small tree that can reach up to 10-20 feet tall. It is a very tropical looking tree with thin green leaves and dark pink flowers that are a showstopper in any garden. As a slow-growing tree, this plant does best in USDA Zones 9-11 but can survive in colder regions when planted in a pot.
When planted in the ground, this tree thrives best in full sun to semi-shade and needs regular watering. The Heaven Lotus will be most successful when watered weekly and its soil is kept moist but never soggy. For colder regions, planting this tree in a container will offer protection from the cold and allow for the soil to be kept moist more easily. When grown in a pot, place the container in an area with partial shade and make sure to keep the soil damp.
Overall, the Gustavia gracillima is a stunning addition to the garden. With its show-stopping dark pink flowers, airy canopy and distinctive thin green leaves, this tropical tree will add style and drama to any garden. The Heaven Lotus requires minimal maintenance and is a favorite for gardeners of all experience levels.