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A very rare handsome tropical tree with large white fragrant flowers of unusual shape. This tree can be (and should be) kept in container where it grows up to 7-8 ft, stays compact and bushy. The fragrance of flowers is outstanding. Not many people know about this tree because it's very rare, while it is as great as famous Perfume trees (Michelia champaca and Cananga odorata). It blooms especially in summer and after drought period. Nice specimen tree for small gardens. It has a multi-layered canopy, blooms mostly from mid-April to late Winter. When in full bloom, perfume fills the area with a soft, musky sweetness. A massive rofusion of flowers decks the branches, pure white against lacquered, dark green leaves, and carpets the ground with fallen blossoms. Grows well in full sun (if not too hot), as well as in semi-shade, tolerates shade, too, in shade it's glossy leaves become large and dark green. Very ornamental! The tree can even tolerate a little sea spray. Seed pods are golden in color, about 4 inches long, horn-shaped, often in pairs.
NOTE: Sometimes Stemmadenia develops on the undersides of leaves tiny granules looking like white sand grain or sugar crystals. They are harmless and nothing more than polysaccharides. Read more info about Stemmadenia.
The plant originates in Central America and is a large shrub reaching a height of 5-10 feet tall.
It can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 9-11 and needs to be planted in full sun for optimum growth. However, some protection from direct sun is needed in very hot climates. The Wedding Tree needs to be kept in moist conditions and is considered moderately drought-tolerant once established. It should be watered regularly, but avoid over watering or its roots could rot.
The flower on the Wedding Tree is very unique and particularly attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds. The blossoms have a bell shape and tip upward at the end. They are a creamy-yellow to orange color and are strongly fragrant. The blooms appear throughout the summer making this a real show stopper in any garden.
In areas with colder climates, the Wedding Tree can be grown in a pot and brought inside in the winter. It can be placed outside in bright light during the spring, summer and fall and should be brought inside well before the freezing temperatures hit. While indoors, the plant should not be placed in direct sunlight and should be kept away from drafts. It should also be kept moist and fertilized every two to three weeks.
Overall, Stemmadenia grandiflora (Wedding Tree) is a unique, vibrant and beautiful flowering shrub. With proper care and maintenance, it will bring years of enjoyment with its brightly colored flowers and fragrant scent. It is the perfect addition to any garden or outdoor space and has the added benefit of attracting beneficial wildlife such as butterflies and hummingbirds.
The firewheel tree takes its name from the configuration and color of the inflorescences in which the small flowers have a wheel-like arrangement. It is one of Australia's most spectacular trees. S.sinuatus occurs in nature as a large tree but it is usually smaller in cultivation, particularly in cooler areas. The dark, glossy green leaves may be entire or lobed and up to 1.5 ft long. The conspicuous flower clusters are seen in summer through to autumn.
Despite its sub-tropical to tropical origin, S.sinuatus is adaptable to a range of climates and will even succeed in dry climates if additional water is available. It prefers fairly rich, loamy soils but is tolerant of most well drained soils. It may be grown in a sunny or partly shaded location.
Stenocereus is a genus of columnar or tree-like cacti.
Stenocereus are often used as ornamental plants in hot and arid regions, and as noted above, some species can double as a fruit crop.
Stenochlaena tenuifolia, commonly known as African climbing fern, is native to tropical Africa. The plant features feathery looking fronds with star-shaped leaflets. The stem of the plant is long and thin, allowing it to climb while its short-creeping rhizomes and powerful root systems create a dense groundcover. The fern often reaches heights of two feet and can even climb as high as twenty feet.
African climbing fern is extremely adaptable and is able to tolerate both full sun or deep to moderate shade. It does prefer humid climates and grows best in USDA zones 9-11. The fern has a high water requirement, meaning it requires regular water to thrive.
The plant has been traditionally foraged for edible fiddleheads and its numerous ethnomedical uses. The leaves are thought to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor healing properties. The fiddleheads are a popular delicacy in numerous African countries and can be boiled, steamed, fried or added to curries and soups. The mature fronds of the plant can also be eaten, though they are tough and fibrous.
African climbing fern prefers to grow in a pot in cold regions and can be easily propagated by division of the rhizomes. The plant not only adds visual interest to the garden with its beautiful, feathery foliage but will also reward with edible fruits which ripen over summer and autumn. The fruits are rich in essential oils, vitamins, trace elements and acids and have a slightly sweet and acidic flavor. Fruit size can vary from seed to seed but are usually around 5-10mm in diameter and can provide a plentiful bounty of up to 2,000 fruits from a single plant once it is established.
Very unusual caudex plant, with a stem swollen like a round ball. Sprouts in spring in a nice fine vine with round leaves and yellowish flowers. Prefers moderate water and filtered light. Can be grown as a unique bonsai plant on your desktop or window sill. Foliage dies back in winter, when the watering should be reduced or stopped.