Luculia sp. (Luculia) is a large shrub, growing to a height of between 5 and 10 feet. As a deciduous plant, the long stems are covered in lush green leaves which shift to a brilliant orange-red color in the autumn. From spring to fall, the tree is studded with small, fragrant pink or white flowers that fill the air with a beautiful aroma.
These trees are native to the Himalayas, Northern India and Western China and thrive in USDA Zones 9-11. They prefer full sun but can also tolerate semi-shade. While these plants can stand a short period of cold, with mature plants being able to survive in temperatures as low as the 30s F for a short time, it is important to keep them sheltered during the winter months and provide them with regular water and moderate water once established.
Luculias can also be grown in pots, even in colder regions, so long as the temperature does not dip below freezing. To help keep the soil warm and moist, ensure that the pot is placed in a sheltered location and insulate the bottom with a layer of insulation or blankets. Water regularly and use a general purpose fertilizer monthly to help keep the soil nourished throughout the regular growing season.