Deciduous, Evergreen, Trees, Flowers
A heavy, spine-studded trunk and clouds of large, showy flowers have firmly embedded this South American native in Southern California horticulture. Its leaves are divided into leaflets like fingers of a hand, dropping during autumn flowering or whenever temperatures fall below 27°F (–3°C). Blooms resemble narrow-petaled hibiscus flowers.
Fast drainage and controlled watering are keys to success. Irrigate established trees about once a month during growing season; ease off in late summer to encourage more flowers. Prune only to remove wayward or dead growth.Chorisia speciosa
Grows to 3–5 ft. a year for the first few years, then more slowly to an eventual 30–60 ft. tall and wide. Pink, purplish rose, or burgundy flowers are 4 in. or more across. Grafted varieties include ‘Los Angeles Beautiful’, with wine-red flowers; and ‘Pink Princess’, a dwarf hybrid that grows to 12 ft. high.
From Mexico. Creeping plant to 1–1 1/2 ft. tall and 1 ft. wide; stems tend to flop. Pointed, rat...
Native to the foothills of Arizona’s Rincon Mountains. Grows to 12–15 ft. tall and wide, w...
Common and easily grown. Narrow, spiny green leaves are 1 1/2 ft. long. Spikes of rosy red bracts; dro...