Mesua grandis, Kayea grandis, Penaga Bayan

Mesua grandis, Kayea grandis

Penaga Bayan
Family: Calophyllaceae
Origin: Malesia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPink flowers

Native to Malesia (SE Asia), Mesua grandis (Penaga Bayan) is a large evergreen shrub or small tree reaching 5-10 ft tall and wide, with larger specimens occasionally reaching to 20 ft. A stunning ornamental, it has glossy dark green foliage, with the leaves slightly serrated, occasionally turning reddish on the underside. When in bloom, it produces fragrant flowers between 1.5 to 2 inches across. The flowers vary in color from pink, to off-white and white. These attractive blooms appear from spring to early summer and are a real treat for the senses.

In regions with warm summers, Mesua grandis is suitable for growing in sheltered gardens and parks, but it is also well adapted for growing in large containers. When growing plants in pots, good drainage holes should be provided and the plant must be kept in full sun or semi-shade. Regular watering is essential during the growing season, especially in hot months.

Mesua grandis is hardy only to USDA Zones 9-11, where it can be grown in garden beds. It can also be grown in containers in colder climates, so long as the plant is protected from cold temperatures during winter months.

In cold regions, the plant will have to be protected during the winter. It must be grown in a large pot to ensure it can be moved indoors to a protected area when temperatures drop. During the dormant season, watering should be reduced and the pot should be left in a cool area, such as an unheated room or garage. As soon as the threat of frost has passed, Mesua grandis can be moved outside and should be given regular water and occasional light fertilizer applications.

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Mesua grandis, Kayea grandis, Penaga Bayan

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