TopTropicals Newsletter / March 10, 2011

New arrivals of exotic plants
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2805 Byrsonima crassifolia - Nancy Tree
A beautiful medium size tree with a nice round crown and bright pretty flowers turning from yellow through orange to red with age. It is not a common plant in cultivation. The fruits are eaten raw or cooked as dessert, or may be included in soup or in stuffing for meats. It is highly drought-tolerant.

3415 Carica papaya Solo
- Dwarf Hawaiian Papaya
Dwarf Papaya with orange pulp, very sweet and aromatic. The trees grow only 5-6 ft high, or even smaller in containers. It starts fruiting when 3-4 ft tall. Solo Papayas are self pollinating. The delicious fruit of the papaya is good for you as a dessert or as a digestive aid (it contains the enzyme papain, which is essential to digestion).

1152 Mammea americana var. Redland
Mammee Apple - very rare fruit tree. Apricot flavor, crispy and juicy. Grafted plants.

3753 Camellia sinensis - Tea
Tea plant. Small evergreen tree, usually pruned back to shrubs in cultivation. Interesting white flowers with golden stamens in fall and winter. Tea is the second most commonly drank liquid on earth after water. It has numerous medicinal benefits mainly due to its antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

2418 Macaranga grandifolia
Macaranga, Nasturtium Tree, Parasol Leaf Tree, Bingabing. This exotic small tree has huge 1-2ft rounded leaves resembling in shape nasturtium leaves. Mature leaves are tough like cardboard, very special tropical look! Can be grown in a pot (grows up to 6-7 ft in a pot). An eye stopper, a must for tropical plant collection.

Food for Thought: to be penny-wise and pound-foolish?...

A wiseman said, "A miser pays twice". It is very true when it comes to tropical plants. When you buy an expensive rare plant, don't you try to provide it with a high quality soil, best food and conditions to make it happy, raward you with fruit or flower  and worth your dollar? It is even more true when information on "how-to" is very limited: the more we can learn about a rare plant, the more chances are not to kill it... Never underestimate information - this is your key to success! Eventually, you will get what you pay for...

A quote from correspondence with a customer:

- I want to buy a Soursop plant. I live in Massachusetts, can it survive the cold months? I live in apartment and want to be able to take it with me if I move.

- None of our plants will survive outside in your area. You can grow Soursop indoors, however, it's a tropical plant, which requires warmth and humidity.  We wouldn't suggest to grow it unless you have good experience with tropical plants. You may wish to get older issues of our magazine regarding indoor cultivation of Annona muricata - //

- Thanks but I don't want to pay 20 bucks for the info!


2383 Calliandra haematocephala - Red Powderpuff
Rose cascade, Blood Red Tassel Flower. Bushy small tree or large round shrub with 2-3 inches flowers, big red puffs, in winter and spring. Nice landscape plant, very fast growing.

4353 Schizolobium parahyba - Tower Tree
Curious tree from Brazil with straight trunk and showy golden flowers can grow as fast as 10 ft meters per year. The tree has enormous bipinnate leaves that sometimes exceed 6-7 ft in length, so many people confuse this tree with a fern or palm. Native to tropical regions, the tree still can withstand mild frost once established.

Large flowered Crown of Thorns from Thailand:

4354 Thai Coral, large flower
4355 Thai RED, large flower
The easiest plant to grow! Drought tolerant. Everbloomer. Chinese grow E. millii as plant of fortune, they believe that when the plant produces 8 flowers in an inflorescence, they will be lucky.

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3889 Gardenia gjellerupii
Very rare Thai endemic plant. It has yellow/golden fragrant flowers similar to Gardenia tubifera kula except that it has erect flower (never pendulus), less number of petals and leaves are slightly velvetish. This gardenia is better suited for alkaline soils (S. Florida) than G. tubifera kula and more cold hardy.

3193 Cestrum nocturnum - Night Blooming Jasmine, 3 gal pot
Garden favorite - the sweetest fragrance at night is intoxicating.
One of the most famous and desirable fragrant plants. Flowers are pale yellow to white, open at night and stay extremely fragrant until sunrise. Aroma is sweet, pleasant and intoxicating. These flowers are widely used in India and other countries of South Asia for perfumery, medicinal applications and in religious ceremonies. Best location will be near driveway, window or entrance, where the magic fragrance can be appreciated.

2287 Jasminum dichotomum
Rose Bud Jasmine, Everblooming Jasmine - a very rare jasmine with highly fragrant flowers. Blooms year round.

2284 Jasminum odoratissimum - Yellow (fruity) jasmine
This variety is very hard to find. Fragrance is very delicate and fruity. The flowers make a beautiful contrast with dark tiny leaves. Can be used for bonsai.

2086 Wrightia antidysenterica
Snowflake, Milky way, Winter Cherry Tree. Rare everblooming shrub with showy white flowers, hence the name Milky way.
rare plants for home and garden
47770 Bermont Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33982
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