Posts Tagged ‘Zone 11’

Parkinsonia aculeata – Jerusalem thorn

The Jerusalem thorn is a marvelous small tree. It blooms spring into summer covering the tree with a flush of small yellow flowers. The tree appears to be very brittle and delicate, but is doused with thorns from top to bottom. Great tree for coastal planting due to its high salt tolerance. It is also […]

Stemmadenia litoralis – Milky Way Tree

A small evergreen tree with slightly fragrant white flowers. This species is rather tolerant of salt, making it an excellent choice for planting near the coast. Origin: Mexico – Columbia Height:  23 ft Growth: moderate Flowering: all year Salt tolerance: high

Sesbania Grandiflora – Pink Hummingbird Tree

The grandiflora is a medium tree that can reach heights of 43 feet and it produces large pink flowers. After the flowers have dropped, long seed pods take their place. The tree grows fast, and like the Sesbania tripetii it needs to be trimmed to keep its shape. Origin: Tropical Asia Height: 43ft Growth: fast […]

Erythrina bidwillii

The bidwillii is a cross between Florida’s native Erythrina (herbacea) and the Erythrina crista-gallii from South America. It has beautiful bright red blooms that appear in early spring. High salt tolerance. Origin: hybrid (E. herbacea x E. crista-gallii) Height: 20ft Growth: fast Flowering: spring Salt tolerance: moderate/high

Jatropha

The jatropha is very popular bush used for decorative landscape. The reddish pink flowers are seen year round and the plant is rather hardy. It has been grown from bushes to trees, and everything in-between. Origin: Tropical America Height: 25 ft Growth: moderate/fast Flowering: all year Salt tolerance: moderate  

Jacaranda mimsifolia

The jacaranda is highly used as an avenue tree. The tree is deciduous, but the vibrant display of violet-bluish flowers followed by the leaf drop is no match for naked branches. It is a spring bloomer and can withstand some cold. An excellent addition to the landscape. Origin: Argentina – Brazil Height: 53ft Growth: fast […]

Eucalyptus deglupta – Rainbow Eucalyptus

Prized for its color-filled trunk, the rainbow eucalyptus is eye catching and exotic. The older it grows, the more colors the trunk reveals. As the bark peels, the newly green flesh shows and as it matures, it goes through a variation of colors leading the tree to display a rainbow of colors. High salt tolerance. Origin: […]

Dichrostachys cinerea – Princess Earrings

This small rare tree has a gorgeous unique flower resembling an earring. The flower starts off pink, with a yellow tip, and fades to white the next day. The princess earring is widely used for bonsai since it has tiny leaflets and flexible shape. It blooms sporadically throughout the year. High salt tolerance. Origin: Africa- Australia […]

Brugmansia – Angel Trumpet

A large bush, or small standard tree, that produces large trumpet shaped flowers that hang downwards. Angel trumpets come in a variety of colors, and thrive during the winter when most other tropical trees have dropped their foliage. The flowers are fragrant, some more than others. Origin: Andes. Ecuador Height: 16ft Growth: moderately fast Flowering: […]

Albizia julibrissin – Mimosa Tree

An exotic tree from China that carries a pink powder puff like flower on top of its branches. The flowers are fragrant and are seen blooming in spring. The mimosa tree prefers an open space given that it grows very wide and spreads horizontally. It is a medium deciduous tree. high salt tolerance. Origin: North […]