Thevetia ahouai is native to Central America and Mexico, but can be found in a variety of warm climates, such as the American south-west. It prefers full sun, though it can tolerate light shade in hotter regions. The plant should be watered regularly, but not to the point of saturation. In colder regions, Thevetia ahouai can be grown in containers. In this situation regular watering is still important, but it's important to avoid overwatering in the winter months when the plant is dormant as this can cause root rot.
Thevetia ahouai is a large shrub, usually growing to between five and ten feet tall, with yellow and orange flowers that are highly fragrant. They bloom in clusters in the late spring and early summer months. Thevetia ahouai is hardy in USDA zones 9-11, and is generally a low maintenance plant once established. Pruning can be done to keep the plant shaped and to enhance flowering, however it is not necessary. With proper care Thevetia ahouai will provide beautiful colour and fragrance in any garden.
Leaves and bark exude a milky white sap which can cause irritation when coming in contact with the skin. Its fruit are 1 inch long with bright red color. Special caution must be taken with children and pets as they're highly toxic.