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This is a tall bush with simple leaves. Growth is not rapid but does well when given good treatment. Marcots and cuttings are the normal ways of propagated. An ornamental commonly grown in groups in gardens.
The flowers are quite simple, five white petals surrounding a yellow center and wonderfully fragrant.
This small, evergreen tree or shrub grows to a height of 8-12ft. I has dense, shiny foliage. It thrives in full sun to light shade. Tolerates any kind of soil, but looks best when grown in a neutral to acid soil. It is cold hardy to the upper 20F. It produces clusters of large, star-shaped, highly fragrant white flowers. It blooms from spring onward, profusely at times. White to creamy flowers are fragrant.
This beautiful tree is suitable even for small gardens, it can be planted as an individual specimen tree or in a small grove.
Related species Rothmannia globosa.
Small everblooming tree with glossy leaves and off-white bell-shaped flowers, very fragrant. The fragrance is stronger than gardenia. One of the loveliest small trees for the home garden. It attracts birds and it has a non-aggressive root system. The beautiful bell-shaped flowers borne singly in summer from December to February. They are creamy white with purplish red streaks and speckles inside the flower tube. They have a strong sweet scent, which lingers even after they dry, and are about 1" long. They are followed by round, hard, green, 70 mm fruits, with a leathery skin marked with faint grooves. The fruits soften when ripe and turn brown. They contain many flat seeds embedded in pulp. The powdered roots are used for treating leprosy and rheumatism. The powder is rubbed into tiny incisions made into the skin over the effected parts. Juice from the fruits is heated and applied to wounds and burns to speed up the healing process. The effected parts are also held in smoke from the burning roots.
It is a new plant introduction and is hard to find. The intoxicating sweet fragrant blossoms of pinwheel shape are creamy white.The plant blooms almost all year and has a wonderful spicy fragrance that carries a good distance both day and night. Many other white blooming plants are only fragrant at night. Blooming can be heavy or light depending on the bloom cycle. Flowers with 5 petals average 4 inches across and stand out nicely against the foliage, which is elliptic in shape. They are a pinwheeled shaped work of art. The foliage is very beautiful as well as its dark green shiny leaves. The semi-glossy leaves average 6 inches in length. This shrub likes acid soil conditions best. Treat it like a gardenia - plant it at least 5 to 6 feet away from any concrete or container is even better. It does well in filtered light locations or in morning sun. Although it's slow growing, it is capable of reaching 15 feet. A good supply of moisture and well-drained soil are the must. Use mulch around the plant to retain moisture, but keep the mulch 1 to 2 inches from the trunk so the bark will not rot.
This species very often mis-called as Tabernaemontana holstii, but according to taxonomic revision of Dr. Leeuwenberger (1988), T. holstii is actually a synonym of T. pachysiphon, close related species with larger leaves. The name T. holstii has been misused for the T. africana species for a long time. The common name Samoan Gardenia was traditionally used for the plant, so we leave it here as a popular name.
DWARF culivar Compacta from Hawaii - very bushy and compact, not leggy, grows as a bush unlike regular T. africana that grows into a small tree.
Tropical shrub having glossy foliage and fragrant nocturnal flowers with crimped or wavy corollas. This Flore Pleno variety has beautiful, 1.5" large double flowers which are extremely fragrant, especially at night. It's very easy to grow, somewhat drought- and heat - tolerant, good for potting culture.
This impressive plant is a landscaping favorite. Small bushy shrub that puts on a show throughout the year with its whirled single petaled white flowers. Looks beautiful under a group of trees or tall shrubs. Covered with flowers from spring to fall.