Queen Wrightia (Wrightia tomentosa) is native to Thailand and is a member of the Apocynaceae family. It is a large shrub that can grow up to 5-10 feet tall, with a trunk that swells as it matures. It has white or off-white flowers that are fragrant and have a soft, fresh, apple-like scent.
When planting Wrightia, it should be done in an area that receives full sun and with regular watering in order to thrive. It is a drought-tolerant plant, but regular watering will help promote more vigorous growth. It is best suited to USDA zones 9-11.
For those living in areas that experience colder climates, Queen Wrightia can be grown in a pot. During growth, the plant should be kept in a bright, cool location that receives at least 4-6 hours of indirect sunlight. Water should be given sparingly during the winter months, but increased during the summer months. Applying fertilizer during the growth season can also help to ensure proper growth.
For those living in warmer climates, wrightia can be planted outdoors in the ground. It should be planted in an area that receives full sun and has well-draining soil. The plant should be watered regularly to ensure proper growth and to prevent it from becoming stressed. Pruning the plant will also help to promote a more bushy, healthy growth.
The caudex of this plant is the part of the stem system at ground level that stores water and can withstand drought-like conditions. As the plant matures, the caudex develops, enabling it to survive in even the driest of climates.
With the right care and attention, Queen Wrightia can be a beautiful addition to any garden or landscape. Its large, fragrant flowers are sure to attract pollinators while its mature caudex will be a stunning feature in the landscape.