Discussion in 'BIG LEAF TROPICALS' started by Stan, Mar 28, 2015.
This is typical of a California tropical- compact. In the tropics -or Florida- they revert to tall tree climbers. Sort of like how a Ficus grows here with a very dense canopy,while in the tropics it would be a large open canopy not to mention the banyon roots and fluted trunk.
It is nice that there are a few "tropicals" that make a true tropical statement in Calif. I always noticed these as a kid, and they probably helped subconsciously stoke my interest in tropical foliage.
These are not so easy to locate in nurseries in Florida as you might think. It was a staple plant offered in most nurseries in the 1970's and planted by the thousands. They readily grow here in Florida with little or no care. There are some very fine specimens located in older gardens in the older neighborhoods. As properties change ownership, these specimen plants are disappearing, getting substituted out for other plants.
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