Here below, in no particular order, are plants that we do not have in stock at the present time. Rather than erase them from the website completely, we are storing them here with the possibility that we may have some to sell in the future. In the meantime, feel free to browse through...
Bentinck Palm Bentinckia nicobarica
The Nicobar Islands, claimed as territory by India, are drops of land splattered along the eastern edge of the Bay of Bengal. From there comes the Bentinck Palm, named after Lord Bentinck, governor of Madras (1803-07). In the way of interesting historical footnotes, Lord Bentinck distinguished himself by abolishing suttee, the practice of tossing the (still-alive) widow of a deceased man onto his funeral pyre. He also was instrumental in getting rid of the Thugs, who were ordinary citizens for most of the year, but joined into gangs, and went around robbing and strangling rich people, as part of an annual multi-faith (including devout Muslims and Hindus) event held each autumn.
Now that we know he was a man worthy of having such a fine palm named after him, we can appreciate his palm even more. It is a solitary-growing feather palm, when small preferring the shelter of understory conditions, eventually reaching a height of up to 50 feet or so, to become the upper level of the canopy. Protect from cooling winds, and make sure it gets adequate water, and it will grow to gracefully dust the sky for you.
Variegated Pandanus Pandanus sanderi
Pandanus is a tropical genus of 600 different plants scattered across Africa and Asia. The variegated one below, P. sanderi, is a classy plant from Malaysia.
All of existence, including time, is made up of three qualities: becoming, being, and decaying. In order to maximize your future potential, focus on becoming, rather than being, or decaying.
Chonemorpha Chonemorpha fragrans
This is a stunning vine, flowering profusely from May - July; one of the powerful lianas of the Indian and Malayan forests, climbing to the tops of the tallest trees. It represents just a part of the great variety of unusual tropical plants that we have.
Dahoon Holly Ilex cassine
We do not have any in stock now, but you can read about them anyway.
As far as natives go, dahoon holly is one of the more commonly used small trees (typical mature height of 30 feet or so). Their native territory is throughout the southeastern U.S., and the Caribbean islands. They prefer to be on the edge of wet areas, but can be used anywhere, with sporadic watering.
You often see them planted at the edge of drainage areas behind newer gas stations. Look for them the next time you fill up.
Jamaica Rain Tree Brya ebenus
Spiral Gingers Costus speciosus
When the weather is tropical, our equatorial plant friends burst out with sweet florid displays.
Dracaenas Dracaena reflexa
Since we're on the subject of variegation, these two shrubby cultivars give it to you in distinctive ways.
Members of the Agave family, there are more than forty species of dracaenas found throughout tropical Africa and Asia.
Dracaenas, in general, have a bamboo-type look (the plant marketed as "lucky bamboo" is really a dracaena), but will not grow to panda-sustaining massiveness. They are typically quite hardy, which accounts for their popularity. You can usually find a dracaena to fit in just about any spot from roof-top garden to cabinet under the kitchen sink.
Plant one in a well-drained location. While they can take a wide variety of light conditions, they look their best in partially sunny spots, getting up to 12 feet high after a few years.
Bird's Nest Anthurium Anthurium cubense
Tahiti Gardenia Gardenia taitensis
This tropical shrub, indigenous to the South Pacific, can be kept as a shrub or pruned into a small tree, reaching a height of up to 20 feet tall. It has glossy dark green leaves, and splendidly fragrant white flowers that appear regularly throughout the year.
Plant one in a slightly shaded spot, protected from cold winds..
No Asian landscape was considered complete without the addition of one or more of these fine, fruiting ornamental shade trees.
They were prominently used as accents in dooryards, or to turn a sunny corner into a shady spot suitable for relaxing, sipping sweet jasmine tea and reading scrolls of poetry to your sweetie on a hot summer afternoon.
Longans Dimocarpus longan
The longan season is declared open in mid-July, with the picking of not-quite-ripe fruit by people who just can't wait any longer. The season continues through August.
Lychees Litchi chinensis
Lychees produce fruit May through July.
Clerodendrum is a genus consisting of 200 tropical trees, shrubs and vines, primarily from Southeast Asia. General characteristics include showy flowers and fruits, and a lack of tolerance to cold.
C. wallichii reaches a height of around 10 feet. You may plant one in sun or shade, but not in spots that are exposed to temperature extremes (not too cool, not too hot). Keep it out of the wind, and avoid putting it where it will get late afternoon sun.
Low-growing groundcover (generally under 15" high). Prefers
well-drained conditions in slightly shady spots. Does not like hot,
late afternoon direct sun. If you get it in the right spot, it will
fill in the entire bed, overwhelming other less-competitive plants.
Low-growing groundcover (generally under 15" high). Prefers well-drained conditions in slightly shady spots. Does not like hot, late afternoon direct sun. If you get it in the right spot, it will fill in the entire bed, overwhelming other less-competitive plants.
Verawood Bulnesia arborea
Last updated: 12/20/2011