IXORA

FAMILY: Rubiaceae

TYPE
  • Evergreen
  • Shrubs
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

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

MALAY IXORA

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).

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.

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