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Gardenia vanuatuensis, Vanuatu Gardenia

Gardenia vanuatuensis

Vanuatu Gardenia
Family: Rubiaceae
Origin: Vanuatu
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsUltra tropical, min. temperature 55FSeaside, salt tolerant plant

New rare gardenia from S. Pacific island Vanuatu. Very salt-tolerant. Fragrant flowers are similar to G. taitensis but smaller size.





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Gigasiphon macrosiphon, Bauhinia macrosiphon, Bauhinia ampla, Gigasiphon

Gigasiphon macrosiphon, Bauhinia macrosiphon, Bauhinia ampla

Gigasiphon
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Origin: Africa
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersUltra tropical, min. temperature 55F

Gigasiphon macrosiphon, a rare leguminous tree only known from tropical Africa.





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Ixora hybrid Sea Green, Ixora Sea Green

Ixora hybrid Sea Green

Ixora Sea Green
Family: Rubiaceae
Origin: Thailand
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsUltra tropical, min. temperature 55FSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Small to medium size shrub with unusual aqua-color flowers which are very fragrant and attract many insects and butterflies. Unlike other ixoras with waxy leaves, this one has thin delicate leaves that are easy to burn with hot sun, so the plant prefers filtered light during hot season.





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Johannesteijsmannia magnifica, Silver Joey

Johannesteijsmannia magnifica

Silver Joey
Family: Palmae
Origin: Malaysia
Large shrub 5-10 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterPalm or palm-likeUltra tropical, min. temperature 55F

Johannesteijsmannia magnifica has large, undivided leaves that can reach a length of more than 10 ft and a width of up to 7 ft, rising directly from an underground rootstock. These huge, very leathery, roughly diamond-shaped leaves are strongly pleated along their length and have stunning, silvery white backs. The Silver Joey is native to rainforests in Malaysia. It will grow happily in a warm subtropical climate and, of course, anywhere in the tropics, in a shady, wind-protected situation. The peach pit-sized seeds are much sought after. Undivided leaves that can be up to 15 ft in length, growing directly from an underground root-stock.



Johannesteijsmannia magnifica, Silver Joey
Johannesteijsmannia magnifica, Silver Joey


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Lansium domesticum, Langsat, Longkong, Lanzones

Lansium domesticum

Langsat, Longkong, Lanzones
Family: Meliaceae
Origin: Malaysia
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterEdibleUltra tropical, min. temperature 55F

The tree is erect with slender or spreading branches. It has irregular or systematical crowns and can reach 30-90ft in height. The leaves are pinnate with 5 to 7 leaflets. The flowers are small, white or pale-yellow and mostly bisexual. The fruits are oval, oval-oblong or nearly round and borne in cluster of 2 to 30. The fruit skin is greyish-yellow to pale brownish or pink, leathery, thin or thick and may contain milky latex. The fruits contain 5 or more segment of aromatic, translucent, juicy flesh with sweet to acid taste. Lansium is commonly propagated from seeds. The seedlings are generally fairly uniform. They can also be vegetatively propagated by grafting. This will shorten the juvenile phase. The seeds have a short viability period and must be sown within a few days after removed from the fruit. The growth rate of the seedlings are extremely slow, it takes two to three years before the seedlings are ready for planting. Shade must be provided for the young seedlings and wind-breaker should be available in windy area. Constant water supply is essential during the first two years of planting. Mulching is recommended. Lansium responds positively to irrigation particularly during the immature stage and fruiting period. In Southeast Asia it is sais that the langsats are planted not for oneself, nor for ones children, but for ones grandchildren. They are that slow to produce fruit when grown from seed. By grafting superior selections, we hope in this lifetime to enjoy the tart citrus flavor of the delectable, crisp flesh.





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