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Tabernaemontana orientalis, Ervatamia orientalis, Ervatamia pubescens, Ervatamia floribunda, Banana Bush, Native Gardenia

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Tabernaemontana orientalis, Ervatamia orientalis, Ervatamia pubescens, Ervatamia floribunda
Family: Apocynaceae
Banana Bush, Native Gardenia
Origin: Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
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Small to medium size shrub with lanceolate simple leaves, edges slightly undulate, to 3" long, plant foliage and stems exude white latex when damaged. Specimens growing in too bright light tend to have yellowy foliage, while as an understory plant in the forest it has darker green leaves. Jasmine-like white pin-wheeled fragrant flowers, 5 petals with long tips fusing to form tube, regularly symmetrical. Fruit is pairs of orange-yellow fused banana shaped capsules, similar to other species.

Tabernaemontana orientalis is deciduous when temperature drops below 65F.

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Mary Ann
montgomery,tx USA
USDA Zone:?
3 Nov 2009
Just purchased 4 banana bushes from our local garden center....their aroma is what got us..Then I was doing some research on the web to find out more about the plants and information states they are highly poisonous to humans and animals....can you help me with this..we live north of Houston, Tx about 50 miles...also how to keep them healthy and have black spots on some leaves? Thanks, Mary Ann

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