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.
Common and easily grown. Narrow, spiny green leaves are 1 1/2 ft. long. Spikes of rosy red bracts; dro...
From Mexico. Creeping plant to 1–1 1/2 ft. tall and 1 ft. wide; stems tend to flop. Pointed, rat...
Most are virtually indestructible plants with long, trailing stems. Usually seen in containers or hang...