Gustavia monocaulis is a small tree, growing between 10-20 feet at maturity. This beautiful specimen is native to the Central American countries of Panama and Colombia. It has a deep taproot and a dense, round planting canopy. The leaves are small, green and slightly serrated.
Gustavia is a sun-loving plant that prefers full sun to partially shaded areas. It will also do well in semi-shade, requiring a moderate level of water and moderate humidity. With the right care, Gustavia will reward you with stunning pink and white to off-white flowers throughout the year.
Gustavia is a versatile and undemanding tree, making it a great addition to gardens in USDA zones 9-11. When planting Gustavia, remember to allow plenty of space around it for the roots to develop. Plant it in a loamy, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic, making sure to keep the soil evenly moist.
Gustavia is fairly easy to care for once it is established. Pruning should take place right after flowering has finished in spring, recommended that you use cleaning shears and small pruning tools. Feed your Gustavia with a bloom-booster fertilizer once a year and pay special attention to water levels during dry spells.
If you're living in a colder region, you can still enjoy the beauty of Gustavia in a pot. The key to successful container cultivation is to plant the tree in a large pot and make sure the soil is kept moist. If temperatures dip too low, you may want to move the container to a warmer spot, or place it under the eaves of your house to keep it away from the cold.
Gustavia monocaulis is a stunning tropical tree that won't disappoint. With its beautiful year-round flowers and easy plant care, this lovely tree is sure to be the centerpiece of any garden.