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Terminalia muelleri, Muellers Terminalia

Terminalia muelleri

Muellers Terminalia
Family: Combretaceae
Origin: North America
Big tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

This is a small, 30-foot-tall, deciduous tree which forms a symmetrical, horizontally-layered silhouette from an arrow-straight trunk. The leathery, four-inch-long leaves turn attractively red in autumn and winter before dropping. In spring, the trees are decorated with spikes of tiny greenish-white blossoms which are followed by dark blue, small fruits. This tree is probably well suited for a street tree and other urban planting sites where a small tree is needed. It would also make a nice addition to the small residential lot as a specimen tree or small shade tree for a patio or deck. Terminalia muelleri should be grown in full sun on any well-drained soil, tolerating acid, alkaline, and even salt, and are very wind-resistant. Trees should be planted where they can be protected from frost. Propagation is by seed.



Terminalia muelleri, Muellers Terminalia


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Terminalia sp., Terminalia

Terminalia sp.

Terminalia
Family: Combretaceae
Origin: Tropical regions
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Plants of the genus Terminalia are amongst the most widely used plants for traditional medicinal purposes worldwide.



Terminalia sp., Terminalia


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Thespesia acutiloba, Thespesia populnea var. acutiloba , Small-leaved Tulip-tree

Thespesia acutiloba, Thespesia populnea var. acutiloba

Small-leaved Tulip-tree
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: South Africa
Big tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Thespesia acutiloba is similar to Thespesia populnea except that leaves with three sharply-pointed lobes. Small drooping tree with yellow to orange Hibiscus-like flowers.




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Thespesia populnea, Hibiscus populneus, Seaside Mahoe, Portia Tree, Milo

Thespesia populnea, Hibiscus populneus

Seaside Mahoe, Portia Tree, Milo
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: India
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Known as Milo in Hawaii, this tree is often planted in front of Buddhist Temples.

Originally from the Old World, the Portia Tree was brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers. The Tahitians considered it sacred and grew it near places of worship.

The fruits, flowers and young leaves are edible. The timber is hard, termite-resistant, has an attractive grain and dark-red color, and is naturally oily so it can be highly polished. As the timber does not impart a flavor, it is often used to carve wooden food bowls and food utensils in Hawaii.

Other products extracted from the plant includes tannin, oil and gums (a dark red resin exudes from the bark). A fast growing shrub that grows into a small tree with spreading branches, it casts welcome shade and in Hawaii were planted near homes for this purpose. In India, they were planted to provide shade in coffee and tea plantations.

Has many traditional medicinal uses.





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Thespesia populnea - Milo Portia

Thespesia populnea. Known as Milo in Hawaii, this tree is often planted in front of Buddhist Temples. Originally from the Old World, the Portia Tree was brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers. The Tahitians considered it sacred and grew it near places of worship. The fruits, flowers and young leaves are edible. Has many traditional medicinal uses. The timber is hard, termite-resistant, has an attractive grain and dark-red color, and is naturally oily so it can be highly polished. As the timber does not impart a flavor, it is often used to carve wooden food bowls and food utensils in Hawaii. A fast growing shrub that grows into a small tree with spreading branches, it casts welcome shade and in Hawaii were planted near homes for this purpose. In India, they were planted to provide shade in coffee and tea plantations.

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Tipuana tipu, Tipuana speciosa, Machaerium tipu, Machaerium fertile, Yellow jacaranda, Rosewood, Tipu tree, Pride of Bolivia, Racehorse tree, Yellow jacaranda, Mtipia

Tipuana tipu, Tipuana speciosa, Machaerium tipu, Machaerium fertile

Yellow jacaranda, Rosewood, Tipu tree, Pride of Bolivia, Racehorse tree, Yellow jacaranda, Mtipia
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Southern Bolivia, northern Argentina, southern Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow/orange flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

An attractive flowering tree whose natural range is Brazil and the mountain forests of Bolivia and which is now widely planted from the Mediterranean region to the tropics. Tipuana tipu is a large, spreading evergreen tree to 50-60 ft. Bark red-brown; trunk fissured and flaking with age, bark on the branches gray and cracked, sap from the cut branches red and sticky. Blooming time is in summer (June-August). The tree is drought resistant and prefers sunny locations. Trees tolerate a wide variety of soils, but are shallow rooted therefore young plants should be staked and watered until roots are established. Occasional pruning and deep watering is recommended, once the hardy plants are established. The plant, although considered subtropical, is surprisingly hardy to at least light frosts.





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