Samyda pubescens, Kase Sek

Samyda pubescens

Kase Sek
Family: Salicaceae    (Formerly:Flacourtiaceae)
Origin: Dominican Republic
USDA Zone: 11-12?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterPink flowers

Samyda pubescens is an attractive, fast growing shrub, reaching heights between 10-12 feet tall. It will flourish in full sun for maximum blooming, but also grows well in partial shade. It is also incredibly tough and is resistant to salt, as well as cold hardy down to temperatures as low as 30°F. The leaves are soft and velvety to the touch. Clusters of pink blossoms adorn the tops of branches in the spring and summer.

This plant is best suited for USDA hardiness Zones 9-11, although it can survive light frosts and short periods of frost down to 28°F. In regions with harsher cold snaps, potted Samyda pubescens can be moved indoors or given extra wear like frost blankets and summer mulch to protect the roots. The pot should also be placed in a bright spot and near a reflective wall to exploit available sunshine and heat.

Watermelon Peperomia requires minimal care, but regular watering and fertilizing during growth season are recommended. Fertilize once a month with a balanced fertilizer high in micro-nutrients and potassium, and water after use to avoid damage to the roots. Prune during the hot summer months as it helps encourage growth, blooming and also maintain an attractive shape. Additionally, remove any broken or dead leaves to promote healthier growth.

Samyda pubescens is an excellent choice for low-maintenance landscaping that provides flourishing greenery and beautiful pink flowers. With regular monitoring and correct care, it will thrive in semi-shaded areas.

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