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Abutilon darwinii x striatum - Fireball (yellow-red veined flower)

Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Also known as A. x hybridum Fireball, and Abutilon...  more

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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
In stock
$49.95

Alpinia purpurata - Dwarf Red Cone Ginger

Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowers

One of the most desirable symbols of Tropics, Alpinia...  more

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This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
3 plants in stock
$39.95

Aristolochia gigantea var. Brasiliensis - Giant Pelican Flower
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Vine or creeper plantSemi-shadeRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersUnusual colorPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plant

Aristolochia gigantea var. Brasiliensis is one of...  more

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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
9 Plants in stock
$49.95

Bauhinia blakeana - Hong Kong Orchid Tree
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Big tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plant

Bauhinia blakeana - Hong Kong Orchid Tree. The most...  more

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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
5 plants in stock
$49.95

Bauhinia galpinii (punctata) - Pride of De Kaap

Large shrub 5-10 ft tallVine or creeper plantSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Pride of De Kaap, Nasturtium Bauhinia - compact shrub...  more

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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, small plant
9 Plants in stock
$39.95

Bauhinia madagascariensis - Red Butterfly Orchid Tree
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Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

This rare plant is one of the most spectacular Orchid...  more

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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
8 Plants in stock
$59.95

Bauhinia purpurea - Purple Orchid Tree
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Big tree taller than 20 ftFull sunDry conditionsRed, crimson, vinous flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Purple Orchid tree, butterfly tree. Vigorous shade...  more

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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
In stock
$49.95
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Bauhinia variegata purple - Orchid Tree

Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersPink flowersDeciduous plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

The slightly fragrant flowers are reminiscent of showy...  more

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Grown in
6-10"/1-3 gal pot
In stock
$39.95

Bauhinia x alba (candida) - White orchid tree

Big tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plantFragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Bauhinia variegata alba, White orchid tree, White...  more

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Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
6 plants in stock
$49.95

Boysenberry, Rubus x aboriginum x loganobaccus

Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeShadeFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersThorny or spinyEdible plantPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.

The Boysenberry is a cross among the European raspberry...  more

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Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
1 plant in stock
Last one
$29.95

Brunfelsia grandiflora - Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow

Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPoisonous or toxicPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow, Kiss-me-quick. Showy flowers...  more

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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
2 plants in stock
$39.95

Burning Bush of the Bible, Rubus sanctus

Large shrub 5-10 ft tallGroundcover and low-growing 2ft plantFull sunModerate waterPink flowersThorny or spinyEdible plantPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Subtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

We obtained this plant in 2016, it was grown from the seeds brought to us from the plant in St. Catherines Monastery.
Holy Bramble, Burning Bush of the Bible. Rubus sanctus is a symbol of God revealing himself to man. An instance of it can be found at the Chapel of the Burning Bush on Mount Sinai, where it is revered as the original burning bush of the Bible. Today, it is very large in size, and many monks and scholars agree that the bush's presence is the very reason St. Catherine's Monastery developed in the first place. This longevity and location lead to its Latin name. Derivation of the botanical name: Rubus - latin name for Blackberry, Raspberry; Sanctus - sacred.
Rubus sanctus is a very long lived fruit shrub.
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SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster

This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
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3 plants in stock
$29.95

Calliandra emarginata Nana - Dwarf Powderpuff

Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Powderpuff - dwarf everblooming variety. Drought tolerant,...  more

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Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
5 plants in stock
$29.95

Calliandra haematocephala Alba - White Powderpuff
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Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowers

Very rare white powder-puff. Large bushy shrub with...  more

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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, small plant
5 Plants in stock
$39.95

Calliandra selloi (brevipes) Pink Lilian

Plant used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Pink Powderpuff, Shuttlecock. Spectacular bloomer!...  more

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Grown in
6-10"/1-3 gal pot
In stock
$39.95

Calliandra surinamensis - Powderpuff

Plant used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

A low branching shrub or small tree with multiple...  more

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Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
3 plants in stock
$29.95

Callistemon Little John - Dwarf Bottlebrush

Plant used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Dwarf Bottlebrush, Popular plant in dwarf version....  more

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
3 plants in stock
$39.95

Camellia sinensis - Tea Leaf

Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowersEdible plantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Subtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Tea plant. Yes, tea comes from a camellia! Small evergreen...  more

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Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
In stock
$39.95

Carpobrotus acinaciformis - Hottentot Pigface

Groundcover and low-growing 2ft plantFull sunDry conditionsModerate waterOrnamental foliagePink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Hottentot Fig, Giant Pigface. Unusual plant from South...  more

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This item is not certified for shipping to California. Do not order it for shipping to California address.
Grown in
4-6" pot
2 plants in stock
$34.95

Cassia (Senna) bicapsularis - Butterfly Bush

Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftRegular waterYellow, orange flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Cassia (Senna) bicapsularis - Butterfly Cassia, Scrambled...  more

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Grown in
6-10"/1-3 gal pot
In stock
$29.95

Cassia didymobotrya - Popcorn Cassia

Large shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunRegular waterYellow, orange flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plant

Popcorn Cassia, Peanut Butter Senna - A shrub or small...  more

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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
7 plants in stock
$39.95

Ceiba hybrid Naples Pink, grafted

Plant used for bonsaiBig tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersThorny or spinyDeciduous plant

Fresh grafts, too fragile for shipping, pick up only
New hybrid of Ceiba, flowers intense pink, with white centers and mauve stripes from the center.
Silk Floss Tree is one of the most beautiful trees in the world. In full bloom, there are almost no leaves. You see a huge mass of color with 10s of thousands of flowers.

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Adenium Soilless Mix

This item can not be shipped. Pick up only. We can provide local delivery around Ft. Myers or Sebring, Florida. Contact us for an estimate. Non-pickup orders are subject to restocking fees.
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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot, grafted, pick up only
2 Plants in stock
$99.95

Chorisia (ceiba) speciosa - Pink Silk Floss Tree

Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterPink flowersThorny or spinyPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Pink Silk Floss Tree. One of the most beautiful trees...  more

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster

This item can not be shipped. Pick up only. We can provide local delivery around Ft. Myers or Sebring, Florida. Contact us for an estimate. Non-pickup orders are subject to restocking fees.
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Grown in
14"/7 gal pot, large, pick up only
9 Plants in stock
$119.95

Chrysobalanus icaco - Bahamas Cocoplum

Plant used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterEdible plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Cocoplum. Easy care shrub that is used often as ornamental...  more

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster
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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
3 plants in stock
$29.95

Citharexylum spinosum - Fiddlewood

Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plant

Fiddlewood, Boo-nge Saaree. Beautiful small tree with...  more

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Pikake - Fragrant Flower Booster
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Grown in
10"/3 gal pot
1 plant in stock
Last one
$39.95

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Cold tolerant tropical plants Q&A

Are there any cold hardy tropical plants?

Well, by definition, tropical plants prefer temperatures above 50° F. That being said, there are many tropical plants that can survive if temperatures drop into the 30’s for only a short time. If you live in an area that gets a lot of cold in the winter, you would be best to choose cold tolerant plants. Many of those, such as the olive trees and many other fruit trees actually need some cold, known as chill hours, in order to produce fruit. These are frost resistant plants. There are many flowering plants that will also take some cold, although the flowers themselves are usually not tolerant of frost.

What about frost tolerant tropical plants?

There are some frost resistant plants in the tropical and subtropical families, meaning they will tolerate some frost. Others, especially most true tropical plants can easily die if their leaves are frosted. Many cannot tolerate temperatures below 40° F. Surprisingly, many avocado trees can tolerate frost and even a short period of below freezing temperatures. Mango trees also may be able to tolerate a light frost, but it is advisable to cover them if you expect frost. With any subtropical plant, please remember that they need to be well established before they can take this chill, so be prepared to cover them if you expect frost.

Can subtropical plants survive a freeze?

Yes, there are many subtropical plants that will survive a freeze as long as it does not get too cold for too long. We would be hesitant to say that any subtropical plants could be classified as frost proof plants as frost can occur when temperatures are in the mid 30’s and lower. If your frost includes a hard freeze, you will need to take extra steps to save your delicate subtropical plants. Move them inside if they are in pots. Cardboard boxes make good insulating covers and mulch pulled up around the trunks of trees can help. Most plants can survive winter, it just depends on what kind of plants, where you are located and where they are planted on your property.

Where to buy cold tolerant tropical plants?

You can find cold tolerant tropical plants and trees for sale in our online store. If you are looking for plants for sale near you and you are in the Southwest Florida, Ft. Myers area, please visit our Garden Center located at 13890 Orange River Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33905 and see the collection of tropical and subtropical plants to create a butterfly garden. Our expert sales stuff will help you to start or enlarge your butterfly garden!