Tetracera sp., Tetracera, Bee Flower

Tetracera sp.

Tetracera, Bee Flower
Family: Dilleniaceae
Origin: Thailand
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plant

Tetracera is a large shrub, growing from 5-10 feet tall, found natively in Thailand. It is best grown in full sun and thrives in areas with regular water. In the summer it blooms white or off-white flowers with a sweet, fragrant aroma. This shrub is particularly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds and will draw them to your yard. In order to grow Tetracera successfully, it is best to plant them in USDA zones 10-11, where the temperature is above 55F.

If you live in a colder region, it is still possible to enjoy the beauty of a Tetracera shrub. Growing them in pots allows you to move them easily and protect them during extreme cold, giving you the best chance of success. Plant them in a potting soil mix and provide consistently moist soil. When the temperature drops to 55F, you may want to bring the pot indoors or move it to a sheltered area so as to protect from cold. Water regularly and fertilize once a year with a balanced slow release fertilizer to ensure your shrub thrives. Pruning may be necessary to encourage bushier growth or to remove dead or diseased branches.

Tetracera is an attractive and unique plant, perfect for adding interest to your garden. It is easy to care for and attracts a variety of wildlife. With just a little care and attention, you will have a beautiful and fragrant shrub to enjoy for years to come.

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