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Gardenia brighamii, Native Hawaiian Gardenia Nau

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 Gardenia brighamii
Family: Rubiaceae
Native Hawaiian Gardenia Nau
Origin: Hawaii
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Gardenia brighamii is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands and at one time thought to have occurred on all of the main islands. Judging from its use by the Hawaiians as a cloth dye, its habitat, associated species, and distribution in the early 1900s, it was probably a relatively common member of the lowland dry forest. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was considered common on west Moloka`i and Maui, but already either extirpated or very rare on the other islands. Today, the total known wild individuals of Gardenia brighamii numbers less than 20 and are distributed among 6 populations on Oah`u, Lana`i and Moloka`i. Gardenia brighamii, the Hawaiian gardenia, somewhat resembles the commonly cultivated Tahitian gardenia (Gardenia taitensis). Gardenia brighamii is a small tree, which may grow up to 20 feet in height. The leaves are oval-shaped, shiny and dark green. The solitary flowers are white and very fragrant. Read more about gardenias.


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Paul Brownlee
Belmont, CA USA
USDA Zone:12
10 Aug 2013
This plant also is less Fragrant than the true Brighami, I also recieved with my plant an unwelcome hitchhiker from Florida the Cerroplastes Floropediformis. This annual cycle pest is more commonly known as Florida Barnacle Scale and is a threat to Citrus.
Jacob Knecht
Honolulu, Hawai'i
USDA Zone:12
2 May 2009
For many years there has been an imposter plant being sold in the state as the true species. It has been called a 'robust' selection and in truth it is much faster and less finicky in garden situations. It also has broader leaves and larger flowers. Recent genetic analysis has proven what many of us Hawaiian flora aficionados have suspected - that this 'robust cultivar' is in fact a hybrid with Gardenia taitensis.

Based on the pictures seen on this page for Gardenia brighamii it is clear that what is being offered for sale is actually a primary hybrid between G. brighamii and G. taitensis.

The true G. brighamii has smaller leaves with tighter vennation. The leaves are also more narrow. The true species is slower growing as well.


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Native Hawaiian Gardenia Nau, endangered species. Gardenia brighamii is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, somewhat resembles the commonly cultivated Tahitian gardenia (Gardenia taitensis). The solitary flowers are white and very fragrant.
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