Form: tree or shrub
Size: normally 6-8ft; as tree can be to 20ft tall
Leaves: alternate, nearly sessile; linear to linear lanceolate; to 6in long by 1/4in wide; dark green, glossy
Flowers: regular, fragrant, yellow or orange, 2in across in clusters; blooms over long period
Fruit: capsule; hard, angled, to 1in across, green to red to black
Stems/Trunks: can be trained as tree with single trunk; poisonous sap is milky
Range/Origin: tropical America
Hardiness: foliage damaged at 28°F, but survives much colder temps
- luxuriant tropical effect
- long-lasting color
- against hot walls, patios, entryways
- Exposure: part, full, or reflected sun; revels in heat
- Water: ample is best
- Soil: improved garden soil with good drainage
- Maintenance: low; periodic pruning and litter cleanup; training when young to tree if desired
Research by Master Gardener Linda Drew
Also known as Lucky nut
Apocynaceae is known as the dogbane family.
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