Large group of tropical evergreen shrubs with handsome foliage, showy clusters of flowers. They take salt air and prefer fertile, well- drained, acid soil; plants suffer from chlorosis (yellow leaves with green veins) in alkaline soil. Subject to a host of insects and diseases; difficult to keep healthy without constant vigilance. Not usually browsed by deer.
flame of the woods, jungle flame
ixora casei(Ixora duffii)
- Native to Caroline Islands.
- To 310 feet tall, 5 feet wide.
- Slender, oblong leaves are somewhat leathery, 612 inches long, 2 inches wide.
- Large flower clusters, sometimes up to 10 inches across; blossoms open deep red, then fade to crimson.
- Super King is an excellent, long-blooming selection (sometimes sold as Ixora coccinea).
- Native to India.
- Most commonly grown ixora, with many selections featuring blossoms in shades of red, orange, pink, yellow.
- Grows 78 feet high and 6 feet wide but is usually kept smaller by occasional tip pinching or pruning.
- Whorled leaves are glossy and leathery, 24 inches long and about half as wide.
- Flowers are 2 inches long and appear in large, dense clusters at branch tips throughout the warm months of the year.
- Dies back after a freeze but recovers.
- Favorite decorative hedge in Florida.
- Great plant for the beach where hardy.