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Tambourissa sp., Bois Tambour
Tambourissa quadrifida

Tambourissa sp.

Bois Tambour
Family: Monimiaceae
Origin: Mauritius
Big tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRed, crimson, vinous flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical plant.
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Tambourissa sp. is native to Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean, but the tree has become quite popular in Mediterranean countries, due to its striking beauty. This species is a big tree, growing taller than 20 feet, though some specimens are known to reach 30 feet. The plant grows in an upright position with an umbrella-like crown that creates an incredibly picturesque sight when the red, crimson and vinous flowers blossom.

The tree is quite versatile in the sense that it can be grown in full sun or partial shade, making it highly recommendable for outdoor landscaping projects. But it can also be grown in containers, thus giving the possibility of having a striking ornamental tree inside the home.

The flowers are highly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, as well as to humans, being known for their sweet aroma. This tree has been used for ethnomedical purposes in the past, such as for the treatment of certain skin conditions and for relieving sore throats.

Tambourissa sp. is adaptable to different climates and cold weather, though it is generally recommended for USDA Zone 9-11. In cold regions, the plant needs to be grown in pots and taken inside when temperatures drop. Special care should be taken to make sure that the soil is kept evenly moist but not waterlogged and that the pot has adequate drainage. During winter, fertilization should be reduced significantly, to prevent over-stimulating the new growth which could be damaged by cold weather.

Tambourissa sp., Bois Tambour
Tambourissa quadrifida
Tambourissa sp., Bois Tambour
Tambourissa sp., Bois Tambour

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