Plants for Warm Tropical Greenhouses

Important Note: Most of the seeds on this page will benefit greatly from using the CAPE Smoke Seed Germination Primer that we use in our own greenhouses. We find we receive significantly better germination results when we use this primer on these types of seeds.

We recommend the plants below for tropical climates and heated greenhouses. These plants should not be grown in areas where the minimum temperature will reach 65 degrees or lower.

IP036 Cuban Cigar Plant Calathea lutea
A must have plant that is unique in so may ways. This Calathea is the largest of the Calthea family, growing 6 to 10 feet tall.
It is an extremely beautiful and unusual plant. The oval shaped leaves are broad and attractive, being gracefully held on long stems which gives this plant a very tropical looking appearance. The leaves are heavily pleated with a beautiful waxy backing, which makes the undersides of the leaves look silver. Leaves are around 3 feet long and about 15-20" wide.
The flowers are stunning, although not flowers in the traditional sense. They appear to be made of thick, reddish/brown coloured wax. The small round bracts nest in and overlap with each other, resulting in a long, cigar shaped arrangement, giving the plant it's name. The flowers grow to around 1 foot in length and are fantastic cut flowers, not to mention a conversation piece! This flower will add subtle beauty to any display.
Calatheas love heat and humidity. This particular species will grow in full sun to half shade. The large leaves are fairly tolerant of the wind and do no shred easily, although a slightly sheltered area is always best. They may be grown outdoors in the garden or as a large container specimen. Soil should contain a high level of organic matter, and be well drained. Keep them on the moist side (with perfect soil drainage) and fertilize regularly. An easily grown tropical!

Click here to visit a site that explains how the Calathea luthea leaves are used as a food wrapper in Panama.

 10 seeds $3.95
TRFRID003 Siam Rosewood ( Dalbergia cochinchinensis )
We are very fortunate to receive these seeds of this endangered species from a forestry grower. It is a threatened tree yielding valuable hardwood found in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.
This large tropical evergreen tree grows to 90 feet in the wild. Features beautiful red wood with prominent lines, source of highly valued cochinchin burl, it is now protected under CITES list and availability of the wood for furniture making is almost non-existent, resulting in illegal bootlegging almost to the point of extinction.
Rare and endangered, one recent survey estimates only 100,000 trees remaining in natural habitats in Thailand. Zone 10 and above.
  5 seeds per pack. $3.95
TRZ021 Mayan Breadnut Tree Brosimum alicastrum ramon
The Mayan Breadnut tree grows to great size in the forest, growing to over 150 feet tall in some places. The seeds can be eaten as food, the leaves can be fed to livestock, the sap, or latex have medicinal properties (for asthma in Central America, for anemia in Mexico and for rheumatism in Peru), and the wood is used for construction or firewood. It grows in dense, sometimes almost monospecific (single-species) stands in tropical dry, seasonally dry, humid broadleaf and wet forests. It tolerates rocky, dry, alkaline, sandy or heavy soils. It is one of the most widely adaptable and drought-resistant species known. One adult Maya Nut tree can produce up to 800lb of food per year and will remain productive for more than 100 years.
The breadnut is high in fiber, calcium, potassium, folic acid, iron, zinc, protein and B vitamins. It has a low glycemic index (<50) and is very high in antioxidants. The fresh seeds can be cooked and eaten or can be set out to dry in the sun and eaten later. Stewed, the nut tastes like mashed potato; roasted, it tastes like chocolate or coffee. It can be prepared in numerous other dishes. In Peten, Guatemala, the breadnut is being cultivated for exportation and local consumption as powder, for hot beverages, and bread.
The breadnut fruit disperses on the ground at different times throughout its range. It has a large seed covered by a thin, citrus-flavored, orange-colored skin favored by a number of forest creatures. More importantly, the large seed which is enveloped by the tasty skin is an edible 'nut' that can be boiled or dried and ground into a meal for porridge or flatbread. Breadnut is nutritious and has value as a food source, and formed a part of the diet of the pre-Columbian Maya of the lowlands region in Mesoamerica, although to what extent has been a matter of some debate among historians and archaeologists. It was planted by the Maya civilization two thousand years ago.
Cold hardy to about 32 degrees.
 5 seeds $3.95
AW26 Himalayan Coralberry ( Ardisia macrocarpa )
A compact bush from the eastern Himalayas bearing dark green leaves and profuse, star-shaped, white to pale pink flowers in early summer followed by many berries in autumn, which remain on the plant for months, giving it a very decorative look, making it ideal for growing as a pot plant for indoors, although it can stand mild frosts. Though not usually grown as a fruit crop, the berries, which have have a mild sweet taste, are edible and children are very fond of them. Best grown outside in zones 10 or higher, it is easily grown in tubs in warm greenhouses, and is a fairly good houseplant.
  Package of 10 seeds $3.50
TRM200 Luculia Shrub ( Luculia gratissima )
This medium to large shrub has attractive long leaves but is primarily grown for its 8-inch wide, fragrant pink flower heads that bloom fall to winter in warm climates. It is a semi-evergreen to evergreen shrub from the lower elevations of the Himalayas and into Yunnan Province where it has be known to grow to 20 feet tall. In cultivation, the largest plants are usually around 8-10 feet tall. It needs a near frost-free winter and cool summer climate. If it is damaged by frost, the plant can be cut back to a pair of healthy leaves or buds in late winter to early spring after the chance of frost is past. Somewhat difficult to start and grow, 5his is not a plant for the amateur gardener or the wrong location, but when it is happy, it is sensational.
Luculias grow well in a semi-shaded position (or a spot with protection from hot afternoon summer sun). A free-draining coarse soil with added organic material is best. They like a cool root zone, so keep the plant mulched. Do not let the soil dry out. Luculias resent root disturbance and don't like to be transplanted. During prolonged periods of heavy rain, spraying the foliage with a phosphorous acid product such as Yates Anti Rot may help prevent root rot. Shoots that have been damaged by frost can be cut back to a pair of healthy leaves or buds in late winter to early spring, when the chance of frost is past. A light prune to remove spent flowers at this time will also help to shape the plant and keep it bushy.
 1mg Package ( about 10 seeds ) $3.50
TRM543 Schefflera Sphaerocoma
This absolutely marvelous, large Schefflera seems to be one of the many plants hardly noticed in the horticultural trade. It grows into a sparsely branched small tree with large, palmate, conspicuously ribbed leaves and a large, terminal inflorescence with yellowish flowers and small purple fruits. It would be best suited to cultivation in a humid, tropical climate.
An excellent patio plant, zone 10 or higher outside.
 1mg Package ( about 10 seeds ) $3.50
TRM289 Snuffbox Tree Oncoba spinosa
A spiny shrub or small tree. The flowers are white, honey-fragrant and solitary (3" across). The fruits have a sour, edible pulp. Beautiful white and yellow camellia-like flowers look like 'fried eggs' when they drop off and fall on the ground with their yellow stamens facing upwards. Light tip pruning promotes bushy growth.
Flowers attract butterflies. Blooms late spring to summer. The hard-shelled fruits are used as snuff boxes. If the fruit are left to dry with the seeds inside they it make amusing rattles for children and are also used as anklets and armlets for dancers to add rhythm when performing.
The pulp of the fruit is edible, but is seldom used for that purpose. In African medicine the roots are used in the treatment of dysentery and bladder complaints. It is said that the seeds contain a drying oil that is suitable for varnish, but it is too difficult to extract to be of any commercial significance. The wood is light brown in color and can take a good polish, but the pieces are seldom large enough to be of any commercial value.
A tropical plant requiring zone 10 or warmer, or it can be grown in a warm greenhouse.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
TRM541 Coast Silver Oak ( Brachylaena discolor )
Brachylaena discolor is a very decorative shrub or small to medium-sized tree from South Africa, it makes an excellent hedge plant and is particularly useful for stabilising dunes.
Forms a dense, wide, spreading, single or multi-stemmed tree that branches low down to form an irregular v-shaped canopy. The trunk reaches 45 cm in diameter and is covered with light brown fibrous bark. The trunk is divided into several large branches that tend to grow upwards and then horizontally to form bows. In the garden this tree grows to a height of 4-10 m but can reach up to 27 m in a forest.
This fast growing evergreen has a silvery-blue appearance from a distance so that it stands out amongst other vegetation. The attractive and unusual foliage characterizes this tree. The leaves are simple, large (5-11 cm long x 1,3 cm wide), leathery and glossy dark green above and covered with a silvery-white felt of dense hairs below. The margin is distinctly toothed in young leaves and irregularly toothed in older leaves. The leaves are elliptic with rounded tip and narrow base and are spirally arranged towards the ends of branchlets and twigs. The movement of the wind through the tree exposes the lovely silver undersides of the leaves.
Masses of nectar rich creamy-white flowers are grouped in 7 to 50 flowered heads, and the heads are grouped together in large terminal panicles. These thistle-like flowers grow at the ends of branchlets. The male and female flowers are borne on separate trees. Flowering season is during winter-spring (July to September), and when in flower, the entire tree is covered in flowers. Being nectar rich they attract bees, birds and other insects that come to feed on the nectar or on the insects attracted by the nectar.
The seed is a small nutlet in a brown capsule that is tipped with yellowish, paintbrush-like hairs, and is ripe in summer (November to January).
The silvery grey foliage of this tree and its coastal habitat give it its common name of coast silver oak, although it bears no actual relationship to oaks but the foliage probably reminded the early settlers of an oak. The genus name Brachylaena is from the Greek brachus meaning short and klaina, a cloak and refers to the short floral bracts surrounding the disc. The specific name discolor, is Latin and means having two different colours and refers to the two colours of the leaves i.e. glossy dark green above and silvery grey below.
The wood of Brachylaena discolor is yellow, durable and very strong and is used in the manufacture of boats at it lasts well in water, as well as for fence posts, huts, axles, spokes, implement handles, knobkerries, and long straight branches used to construct roofs of huts. Suitable branches also make excellent fishing rods, and fire shades are also made from this wood. The wood is extensively used for carving purposes by Kenyans, where it is regarded as the best wood after African black ebony. The leaves are very bitter and unpalatable and are occasionally browsed by nyala, bushbuck, red and blue duiker. Both Africans and European settlers used the leaves for medicinal purposes to treat kidney conditions. The leaves were used by country folk to make remedy for diabetes. The Zulu people used an infusion of the roots as an enema to stop bleeding of the stomach and an infusion of the leaves as a tonic to treat intestinal parasites and for chest pain. The ashes of the tree were used by early settlers to provide the alkali needed in soap making. The roots and stems were used by Zulu diviners to communicate with their ancestors. An excellent bee tree and is popular with beekeepers as it makes good honey.
Zone 10 and higher.
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM287 Wercklea Ferox
An easily grown container shrub, or outside in warm climates ( does not tolerate frost ). A rare shrub in the Hibiscus family originally from Costa Rica. Native to rain and cloud forests from Panama to Ecuador. Unlike most members of the Hibiscus famil, it is grown more for it's large green round leaves with gorgeous red veins. Red color seems more visible on the underside of the leaves. This plant starts by forming red buds, only to pop out a yellow delicate Hibiscus-like flower. They are quite pretty as well, but often hidden from the beautiful large leaves. You can see them during the warmer months. This plant can be easily grown in full sun to bright filtered light. It needs average water and fertilizer. Avoid freezing temperatures.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
RLP102 Bird's Nest Anthurium Anthurium schlechtendalii
A beautiful foliage Anthurium native to Mexico and Belize. This is an exotic tropical plant that is widely grown for its beautiful leaves. It has a vase shape composed of bright green leaves more than six feet long and two feet wide on mature plants.
The inconspicuous inflorescence, which has a ripe banana-like fragrance, produces showy red fruit.
Easy to grow from seeds and makes an excellent container plant that is easily cared for.
In native region this is a rainforest medicine plant that was commonly used by the ancient Maya culture in Central America to treat pain and swelling in muscles and joints, rheumatism, backaches, etc. The Maya indians in Belize still use the leaves in their steam bath rituals.
Use as a tropical landscape accent in a wind protected garden in zones 9 or higher or as a container plant for patios in cooler zones.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
IP038 Yellow Rattleshaker Calathea crotalifera
Native to Belize and Central America. Known as the yellow rattle shaker for it's resemblance to a rattlesnake's rattle. It prefers moist soil and partial shade, and will bloom in a pot. Mature height is 3-4 feet.This is as exotic tropical plant that does best semi-shade. Easy to grow from seeds. It makes an excellent landscape plant that is easily cared for. Tropical but can be wintered indoors in colder regions. Great for mass plantings and border areas. Very impressive when grown as a large container specimen. As a landscape item this giant plant can make a striking focal point for a tropical or subtropical patio or courtyard. Good houseplant if provided warmth and bright light ( large tubs ).
 5 seeds $3.95
TRM900 Giant Raisin Grewia hexamita
Grows to be a 15 foot tall tropical shrub/tree. Reddish-brown bark, large golden-yellow flowers in Spring. Yellowish-brown to reddish edible fruit, attractive.
This Grewia has heartwood like ebony. The leaves are browsed by game and livestock. The fruits are edible, but not very popular. This species makes a good screen for the garden being very attractive with its shiny green leaves and large, handsome, golden yellow flowers. It could form an essential part of bush clumps or a bird garden.
The giant raisin's lovely scented flowers attract butterflies and birds. Wild animals such as warthogs, antelopes and baboons, as well as birds, eat the fruits. Sow Spring. Zone 10.
 5 seeds $2.95
RLP062 Dinner Plate Tree Pterospermum acerifolium
A fast growing tree for tropical climates ( zone 10 and higher ) with very large leaves to 35 cm in diameter that are traditionally used for wrapping food or as a natural, disposable plate in Burma, which it is native to. The large, white flowers open at night and are intensely fragrant. Parts of the tree have uses in traditional medicine. The wood is durable but soft. It makes a valuable ornamental for tropical areas.
It reaches a height of 50-70 ft. Leaves are simple, alternate, have stipules and are palmately ribbed. It has large fragrant nocturnal white flowers, occuring in axillary fascicles. Fruit is a capsule, angled and furfuraceaous. This plant is seen only in cultivation. It yields a reddish wood used for planking; often grown as an ornamental or shade tree.
Native Folklore: The indumerrtum from the lower side of leaf is said to be used to prevent bleeding from wounds and as tinder. A good tonic is prepared from the flowers which is also a cure for inflammation, ulcers, tumours, blood troubles and leprosy. The bark and leaves are used in small pox. The flowers kept among cloths impart a pleasant perfume and keep away insects.
 10 seeds $2.95
RLP084 Lemon Meringue Fruit Rollinia deliciosa
Soft, yellow-skinned fruit similar in appearance to many of the Annona's but with more prominent spikes. The flesh is white to translucent, juicy, with an excellent sweet flavor. Outside it is a fast growing tree from 10-40ft in height.
It grows naturally in warm, wet regions of the tropics and will not survive freezing temperatures. Its northern limit is probably extreme South Florida and California.
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Z2101 Black Pepper Vine (Piper Nigrum)
A vigorous tropical vine with glossy green leaves grown for commercial production of pepper. Can be grown on trellises or used as a basket plant. A low germinating seed, we ship 10 seeds to a pack.
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 Price per pack 10 seeds: $4.50
TRM193 Cake Bush ( Piper marginatum )
Also known as Marigold Pepper. Cake bush is a perennial bushy shrub growing in moist, shady spots in the Amazon rainforest in Surinam. Unlike other Piperaceae species, this one is easy to recognize due to the typical heart-shaped leaves with 7-8 nerves which end in one point at the base. It is also easy to recognize for the strong licorice (anise) smell. A rewarding ornamental for tropical and warm temperate climates and producer of an essential oil that works as a deterrent for the yellow fever mosquito. Makes a nice summer patio plant, but should be brought inside in cold weather. Zones 9-11 outside.
A difficult seed to germinate, but if you have only one to germinate, it is well worth it as this is truly a beautiful plant.
  1mg Package ( about 20-25 tiny seeds ) $3.95
RLP115 Pink Shower Tree Cassia Grandis
The Pink Shower Tree can be grown best in zones 10-11 or any frost free areas. Cassia Grandis can be grown in most gardens where it is frost free, or if protected from freezing.
Cassia Grandis is a shapely, lovely small, medium to large canopy tree The size will depend on where and how you cultivate it. with blooms of pink and white that will completely cover the tree when in bloom. In zones 10 and up, where it is hardy, the tree often explodes into flower after the first rains of spring arrive. It can reach 50 feet tall and is a medium to fast growing tree.
 5 seeds $2.95
RLP116 Yellow Shower Tree Cassia fruiticosa
A yellow version of the famous Pink Shower Tree can be grown best in zones 10-11 or any frost free areas. Can be grown in most gardens where it is frost free, or if protected from freezing.
A shapely, lovely small, medium to large canopy tree The size will depend on where and how you cultivate it. with cascading blooms of white to yellow that will completely cover the tree when in bloom. In zones 10 and up, where it is hardy, the tree often explodes into flower after the first rains of spring arrive. It can reach 40 feet tall and is a medium to fast growing tree.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRM224 African Dogwood Rhamnus prinoides
The African dogwood is a very attractive dense shrub or a small tree that grows up to 12-15 feet tall. The leaves are light green when young and very dark and shiny when mature. This tree is no relation of the American and Asian dogwoods ( Cornus species ). The flowers are greenish, in small clusters in the axils of the leaves. They are loved by bees and other insects. The edible fruits are about the size of a pea, roundish and divided into three compartments. They are fleshy and green, turning red and then purple as they ripen. The fruit is favored by many bird species. The wood is white to yellow, often streaked with brown, pink, red or green and is hard and heavy. It is too small to be generally useful, although walking sticks may be made of it. On grassy hillsides the tree often appears quite black, or at times it glitters in the sun so conspicuously that it can then be distinguished at a distance by this alone. The chief use of this tree is magical. It is widely used by African people as a protective charm to ward off lightning and evil influences from homes and crops and to bring luck in hunting. The South Sotho name 'Mofifi' means 'darkness', and in Lesotho they say "darkness overcomes witchcraft". This tree is also used by Africans to cleanse the blood, to treat pneumonia, rheumatism, sprains, and stomach ache, and as a gargle. It is also used in the treatment of skin complaints and respiratory infections. Zone 10 and higher outside, or in large patio tubs for warm greenhouses.
 5 seeds $3.95
IP036 Cuban Cigar Plant Calathea lutea
A must have plant that is unique in so may ways. This Calathea is the largest of the Calthea family, growing 6 to 10 feet tall.
It is an extremely beautiful and unusual plant. The oval shaped leaves are broad and attractive, being gracefully held on long stems which gives this plant a very tropical looking appearance. The leaves are heavily pleated with a beautiful waxy backing, which makes the undersides of the leaves look silver. Leaves are around 3 feet long and about 15-20" wide.
The flowers are stunning, although not flowers in the traditional sense. They appear to be made of thick, reddish/brown coloured wax. The small round bracts nest in and overlap with each other, resulting in a long, cigar shaped arrangement, giving the plant it's name. The flowers grow to around 1 foot in length and are fantastic cut flowers, not to mention a conversation piece! This flower will add subtle beauty to any display.
Calatheas love heat and humidity. This particular species will grow in full sun to half shade. The large leaves are fairly tolerant of the wind and do no shred easily, although a slightly sheltered area is always best. They may be grown outdoors in the garden or as a large container specimen. Soil should contain a high level of organic matter, and be well drained. Keep them on the moist side (with perfect soil drainage) and fertilize regularly. An easily grown tropical!

Click here to visit a site that explains how the Calathea luthea leaves are used as a food wrapper in Panama.

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1A060 Baobab; Lemonade Tree; Monkeybread Tree ( Adonis digitata )
Only the most serious of tree collectors have these unusual trees. The huge trunk of this tree can reach 30' in diameter. Has large 6" hibiscus like flowers and foot long fruits filled with refreshing lemon flavored pulp. The leaves can be eaten like spinach. The trunks store considerable water, as much as 1,000 gallons have been tapped from one. However, if you do not have a half acre to plant one on, they make great bonsai.
  Package of 2 seeds $3.50
RHM111 Star Apple Chrysophyllum cainito
Beautiful tropical tree with round, purple skinned fruit with a star pattern in pulp. From a great distance the tree is easily seen because the reverse side of the green oval leaves is a satiny - shining gold color. Makes an excellent ornamental and can be kept pruned to desired height.
Star apples must not be bitten into. The skin and rind (constituting approximately 33% of the total) are inedible. When opening a star apple, one should not allow any of the bitter latex of the skin to contact the edible flesh. The ripe fruit, preferably chilled, may be merely cut in half and the flesh spooned out, leaving the seed cells and core. A combination of the chopped flesh with that of mango, citrus, pineapple, other fruits and coconut water is frozen and served as Jamaica Fruit Salad Ice. An attractive way to serve the fruit is to cut around the middle completely through the rind and then, holding the fruit stem-end down, twisting the top gently back and forth. As this is done, the flesh will be felt to free itself from the downward half of the rind, and the latter will pull away, taking with it the greater part of the core.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
RLP108 Beach Bean Canavalia rosea
Beach bean is a fast growing vine that trails along beach dunes and coastal strand. The thick, fleshy stem can grow to 20 feet or more in length and more than 1 inch in diameter. The stem is rather woody near the base and several branches radiate outward, forming mats of light green semisucculent foliage. The leaflets fold up under the hot sun at midday. The flowers are typical pea flowers, purplish pink, about 2 inch long and borne in erect spikes on long stalks. Beach bean blooms most of the summer and sporadically the rest of the year. The pods are flat and 4-6 inches long.
It occurs naturally on seashores in the tropics and subtropics throughout the world. Beach bean grows on the upper beaches and sand dunes and on seaside cliffs. In the United States, beach bean occurs on the coasts of the central and southern Florida peninsula, southern California and southern Texas.
The sturdy, fast growing beach bean thrives in almost any well drained soil. It is highly salt tolerant. It will have to be pruned to be kept in check. Best suited for zones 9-11.
It can be grown as an annual in cooler zones, and it has great potential for xeriscape gardening. It should be an excellent ground cover for dry sandy areas. Needless to say, it is a must-have for seaside gardens. Use beach bean as a ground cover where you have full sun, poor soil, and drought conditions. Beach bean is used as a biomass cover crop in Third World countries and in arid lands in Australia and Africa where its amazingly rapid growth quickly covers even the harshest soils. It is used to control soil erosion in many parts of the world. The young pods and seeds are edible and used for food in northern Australia.
Mature seeds must be boiled or roasted to render them edible. Mature seeds are toxic until they are cooked!
 5 seeds $2.95
TRM248 Indian Sarsaparilla Cryptolepis dubia
A mid-sized climber, widely distributed from Pakistan to southern China, Sri Lanka and Vietnam where it grows in a variety of habitats, from mountain forests to thickets and along river margins between 500 and 1500 m. It has attractive, elliptical, bright green leaves and small white or yellow flowers followed by green, fleshy fruits. Cryptolepis dubia is a valuable medicinal plant and a nice ornamental for warm-temperate and tropical areas.
 5 seeds $2.95
RHM143 Ylang Ylang Tree Cananga odorata
A fast growing tropical tree, it's fragrant flowers are used to make perfumes such as Chanel #5. The fragrant flowers will perfume a large area around the plant. Will flower in a container. Great tropical flowering tree!
 5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
RHM076 Kahli Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum
Its produces sweet, fragrant yellow blooms on terminal spikes. It is used in leis and in perfumery. The stalks are 6'-7' and develop spreading clumps. Note: We recommend CAPE seed germination primer be used for these seeds.
Price per pack: $3.95
  10 seeds
TRM127 White Fruited Wavy Leaf Fig Tree Ficus infectoria
Ficus infectoria is a plant of the genus Ficus found in India, southeast Asia, through Malaysia and into Northern Australia. Its common name is White Fig; it is locally known as pilkhan and in the Gun-djeihmi language it is called an-borndi. Like many figs, its fruits are edible.
It is a medium sized tree which grows to a height of 24- 27m in New Delhi and up to 32m tall in wetter areas. This tree is a fig tree belonging to the group of trees known as strangler figs, which is because its seeds can germinate on other trees and grow to strangle and eventually kill the host tree.
This tree has become popular as an avenue tree in and around the cities of New Delhi and Noida.
 15mg pack ( tiny seeds and pieces of hulls will be inside the package, normally about 50 seeds in the pack ) $2.95
RHM034 Silk Cotton Tree Ceiba pentanira
This large tropical tree grows to 160' and develops many thin buttresses extending to 30' while the trunk has spines to a 9' height. Its 6" leaves are digitately compound. The flowers are rosy yellow and fragrant in dense clusters. Soft cottony fibers develop from the leathery fruits, commercially known as Kapok.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
RHM138 Candle Stick Tree Parmentiera Cerifera
This is a most unusual tree grown in warm areas for it's striking, waxy skinned green-yellow fruit that is popular in parts of Mexico. Fruits grow to 12" long and hang in clusters, thus the name. A Medium sized tree that does well in pots when young.
Grows well in tropical regions but will survive frosts, best suited for zones 9-11 outside. The Candle Stick Tree is fairly adaptable to a range of soils and climate conditions. Fruits and seeds are edible. It is native to Central and South America.
  5 seeds per pack $3.50
RLP051 Forest Raisin Grewia lasiocarpa
Forest Raisin is a fast-growing, large evergreen shrub or small tree, 3 5 m tall and as wide, which can scramble if given the opportunity. Bark is smooth and grey. The foliage of Grewia lasiocarpa is dense with leaves that are large, almost circular, rough-haired above and densely covered with soft hairs below. Attractive, large, pale pink flowers occur in summer followed by 4-lobed furry reddish fruit in autumn often remain on the tree for long periods, eventually turning black.
A wonderful fast-growing small tree, ideal for use as a screen with lovely large, the star-shaped pink flowers is unique followed by the fruit that is attractive to birds.
Rare plant; leaves are very ornamental tropical looking. Cold hardy at least to light frost. Fast growing.
 5 seeds $2.95
FB160 Variegated Coral Tree Erythrina variegata
Variegated Coral tree is a picturesque, broad and spreading, deciduous tree that can get 60-80 ft (18.3-24.4 m) tall and spread 20-40 ft (6.1-12.2 m). It has many stout branches that are armed with black tiger's claw spines. There are curved spines (really more like prickles) on the long leaf stalks too. The leaves are variegated, compound, with three diamond shaped leaflets, each about 6 in (15.2 cm) long. Before the leaves come out in late winter or early spring, coral tree puts on a spectacular show with bright crimson flowers 2-3 in (5.1-7.6 cm) long in dense terminal clusters. It may flower a little during the summer, too. Coral tree's smooth gray bark provides a background for the brilliant flower cluster.
The beanlike pods that follow the flowers are cylindrical, about 15 in (38.1 cm) long, and constricted between the reddish brown seeds.
Coral tree is a fast growing tree that does best in frost free climates with a pronounced winter dry season. Needs full sun. Moisture: Coral tree is tolerant of drought, and needs almost no water at all in winter. Hardiness: USDA Zones 10 - 12 or inside as a tub plant.
Propagation: Coral tree is propagated by seed or from woody tip cuttings. Seeds should be nicked or scratched with a file to break the hard outer shell before planting. Seedlings may flower in as little as 3-4 years. Take softwood tip cuttings in spring or early summer and semiripe cuttings in late summer. Root with bottom heat. Coral tree also can be propagated by layering.
  5 seeds per pack $2.50
JF276 Climbing Fig Ficus punctata
This gorgeous liana, commonly found from Taiwan and Southeast Asia south to Malesia,climbs pretty much any upright structure, usually larger trees, but it is particularly beautiful on old stone walls and houses in the Asian tropics. The leaves are small, rough and thick, and plants in fruit are a spectacular sight. The large, bright orange to red fruits are speckled with white blotches and eventually soften and turn brown. Even though not known as an edible fruit, it certainly is an amazing ornamental.
For zone 9 and higher outside, can be grown in warm greenhouses.
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RLP046 Buttercup Tree Cochlospermum vitifolium
A small tree, usually no more than 23 ft tall, usually with a leaning trunk and irregular branching. Crown is small, irregular, often with few leaves. The leaves are star-shaped, with pointed lobes.
Flowers are large, bright yellow, with many yellow or orange stamen, very conspicuous during the December-January flowering period. Many trees are leafless when flowers are produced, but others have some leaves. Fruits are green pods filled with tiny seeds that have light fluff for wind transport. A widespread and common tree of pastures, farms, towns, and roadsides, throughout Panama.
Never in the forest, even in natural tree-fall clearings, so it seldom appears in tree plots (which are nearly always in the forest). In the winter when it goes dormant, keep it a little dry. The double buttercup is much nicer and does not shower the lawn with kapok-like seeds and floss.
Makes an outstanding ornamental flowering tree for the tropics and zone 10 and above.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRM150 Pompom Tree Dais continifolia
Large, 3 inch round clusters of star-shaped, pink and very fragrant flowers smother the plant for more than a month. The fragrance is said to be like Daphne, to which this tree is a relative. Once established, the tree should have no problems tolerating frost, but in its first few years it will need protection. A The tree tends to go deciduous briefly during winter in colder areas. Probably hardy to about zone 8b. Grows about 20 feet tall.
Its natural home is the eastern part of South Africa where it grows on the margins of forests, wooded hill slopes and in stony kloofs.
 5 seeds $2.95
JF267 African Tulip Tree Spathodea campanulata
This is a large upright tree with glossy deep green pinnate leaves and glorious orange scarlet flowers. It may grow to 80 ft on an ideal site, but most specimens are much smaller. The tree has a stout, tapering, somewhat buttressed trunk covered in warty light gray bark. The lateral branches are short and thick. The 1-2 feet long opposite leaves, which emerge a bronzy color, are massed at the ends of the branches. They are composed of 5-19 deeply veined oval leaflets.
The horn shaped velvety olive buds appear in upturned whorls at the branch tips. A few at a time, the buds of the lowest tier bend outward and open into big crinkled red orange tuliplike bells with red streaked gold throats, frilly yellow edges, and four brown-anthered stamens in the center. They are followed by 5-10 inch green brown fingerlike pods pointing upwards and outwards above the foliage. Each of these pods contains about 500 tissue papery seeds. The tree flowers in spurts all through the growing season, but peak bloom is usually in the spring.
This species loves rich soil, but puts up with just about anything with a little fertility to it, including limerock. It is not a beachfront plant, but will survive a bit of salinity. African tuliptrees need serious pruning after every freeze or windstorm. Gardeners in marginal regions should plan on growing this as a large ephemeral shrub and plant it in a sheltered place where it can be reached by ladders or bucket trucks for regular pruning and removal of dead branches. Light: African tuliptree will survive in shade, but demands full sun for fast growth and best flowering.
Moisture: These trees grow best with plenty of moisture, but will shed their leaves and endure drought.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 10-11. African tuliptrees drop their leaves when chilled and freeze easily, but they come back from the roots vigorously and often bloom the next season. Top growth will be killed at 28-30 degrees but the roots may survive down to 22 degrees or below.

The smooth gray bark provides a beautiful background for the brilliant red flowers of the African tuliptree. Usage African tuliptrees are grown for shade, color and tropical effects. The wood is difficult to burn, so the tree is also valuable for fire resistant landscaping. The wood has been used for blacksmith's bellows and the like. The buds contain a liquid that will squirt out if they are squeezed or pierced and children enjoy using these as water pistols. They also enjoy playing with the boatlike open seed pods. In Africa and Haiti, the flowers are thought to have magical properties and the wood is used for witch doctors' wands.
Features This is one of the world's most spectacular flowering trees. It is also very fast growing. Young trees may put on 6 feet in height and 2 inches in diameter per year and often begin blooming when they are only a few years old.
 10 seeds $2.95
RLP029 Dancing Girl Ginger Globba schomburgkii
A dwarf ginger, native to montane forests between eastern India, southwestern China and Indo-China, with narrow, leafy shoots that hold a terminal, nodding inflorescence with dainty yellow, orchid-like flowers that produce small bulbils instead of seeds. An easily grown ornamental for temperate and cool tropical areas in USDA zones 8 to 11.
 5 seeds $2.95
RLP027 Tasty Ginger Renealmia alpinia
Widely distributed throughout South America, this vigorous tropical ginger produces tall leafy shoots with undulate foliage and colorful reddish inflorescences spikes that appear from between the shoots. An easy and rewarding ornamental for the tropical garden that is not often seen outside of South America. Zone 9b and above outside.
 5 seeds $2.95
3324 Cape Lilac Virgilia oroboides
A beautiful tree from South Africa, suitable for both the domestic garden and big landscapes. It is fast growing, beautiful in flower and has an attractive growth form. The flowers are rich in nectar and attract many insects and birds.
Cape Lilac has beautiful, sweetly scented, pea-shaped flowers in dense terminal sprays about 4 inches long. The flowers are produced in profusion in spring, flowers are pale pink or pinky-white to white.
Virgilias are sensitive to frost, particularly when young. Mature trees may withstand short periods of frost, but not prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures. Probably best suited for zones 9 and above.
  5 seeds $3.95
3327 Australian Christmas Tree Nuytsia floribunda
During Christmas time in Western Australia, Nuytsia floribunda begins to flower, displaying bright orange flowers and earning itself the name "Australian Christmas Tree". Despite its name, it does not resemble the typical image of a Christmas Trees from the Northern Hemisphere.
In fact, N. floribunda actually more closely resembles another Christmas-themed plant - the mistletoe - for N. floribunda is also a hemiparasite. Like other parasitic plants, they have a modified root structure call a haustorium which penetrates the roots of their host plant. The haustorium of the Australian Christmas Tree is armed with sickle-like "horns" with which it to cut its way into the root segments, allowing the Christmas Tree to tap into the flow of water and other chemicals. Interestingly, unlike most other parasites, an individual Australian Christmas Tree can actually exploit multiple hosts at the same time, spreading out a network which is linked to the roots of multiple host trees, often causing little damage to any one plant.
It is one of most extraordinary plant species that can be found in that region of the Australian continent. It is also one of the tallest, up to 15 m high. At the peak of summer, from late December to January, is when the Christmas tree blooms unlike the other Australian species. Its vivid and fragrant golden orange flowers densely packed in panicles are a spectacular display throughout the arid and dry region where it grows.
This will make quite the conversational garden plant in zones 9-11. The flowers and fragrance of this plant are breathtaking.
 400mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $4.95
3334 Orange Urchin Diplolaena angustifolia
Also know as Yanchep Rose. This small bushy shrub from Western Australia grows to 3 to 5 feet tall. It has narrow olive green leaves with dense rusty hairs on the underside. In late winter through early spring appear the pendant 1 1/2" wide flowers that have a double row of short greenish cream colored petal-like bracts and large brushes of pale orange stamens. The whole effect is a bit like looking at a upside down sea urchin. Plant in well drained soils in full sun (coastal) to light shade with little irrigation. It can tolerate regular watering if drainage is very good. Tolerates alkaline soils and coastal garden settings it given some protection from direct sea spray. Does best in near frost free locations as temperatures below 26 degrees are liable to freeze back plant before flowering. An unusual and showy plant that is good mixed with other drought tolerant plants or used as a container plant.
  5 seeds $2.95
RLP028 Pincushion Ginger Hedychium thyrsiforme
A robust ginger, native to humid forests the Himalayas in Nepal and Eastern India between 600 and 1200 m, that grows shoots to about 5 feet tall with broad leaves and a terminal, rounded inflorescence with white, orchid-like flowers in late summer. It is an easy plant in cultivation and adapts well to many temperate as well as tropical climates. Under cool conditions it is deciduous in winter. For zones 8-10.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRZ003 Powderpuff Tree Barringtonia racemosa
Evergreen tree, medium size. This small tree likes damp costal swamps, but is also cultivated as ornamental for its long, hanging strands of pink or white flowers which are comprised in numerous filaments. Bunches of flower buds are hanging down from the branches, flowers with sweet fragrance bloom in the nights of June to August.
Leaves are huge, up to 2 ft long and 4-5" wide, with toothed edge, very tropical looking. They are spiraled at the end of branches. The seeds and stems are poisonous and extracts have been used as an insecticide and medicinally.
Subtropical, can take cold to 30 degrees, but cannot handle frosts or freezes.
 5 large seeds $4.95
RLP040 Lucky Bean Tree Putranjiva roxburghii
A small to medium-sized evergreen tree native to India with drooping foliage. Very popular in India and elsewhere as an elegant ornamental and shade tree for USDA Zones 9 and above and for its many medicinal applications.
 5 seeds $2.95
IM128 Red Hot Poker Tree ( Erythrina Abyssinica )
Best suited for warm greenhouses and outside in zones 9-11, does well in any tropical enviroment. The leaves are edible - the seeds are poisonous. It's light wood is used in fishermen's floats. Resists disease.
A deciduous tree, up to 5-15 m, with a well-branched, rounded, spreading crown. Trunk short and the bark yellow-buff when fresh, otherwise grey-brown, deeply grooved, thickly corky and often spiny; when damaged it exudes a brown, gummy sap. Leaves compound, trifoliolate, alternate; flowers spectacularly orange-red. Full sun.
  5 seeds $2.95
RLP055 Pink Wild Pear Dombeya burgessiae
A small, Hibiscus-like tree to about 4 m tall with large, lobed, soft and velvety leaves and a profusion of clusters of light pink flowers with a dark center. It is native to forest margins and riverine forest in southeastern Africa. In cultivation it is fast, easy and adaptable, best suited to warm temperate and some tropical climates in USDA Zones 10 and above.
 5 seeds $2.95
BN10 Tineo( weinmannia trichosperma )
Shrubby evergreen tree that can reach 65 in Chile. As a timber tree it is known as "Tineo" and is used as a hardwood veneer. It is found mainly at an altitude of 2,200 feet where the temperature is 68F. It survives coolness to 58F. The region is quite misty with abundant rain. The handsome leaves are leathery, palmate opposite and finely toothed and the small red flowers appear in spike-like racemes. Loamy soil is reccommended and the very small seed should be broadcast onto the soil surface and grown in filtered sunlight.
Requires high humidity at all times and filtered sunlight. Use loamy soil mixture ( not heavy, dense soil )and broadcast the fine seeds onto the soil surface.
  1mg Package ( 8-10 seeds ) $2.95
BN11 Giant Palm Lily ( Cordyline mannerssuttoniae )
A palm lily native to coastal Queensland, Australia, where it is found in rainforests, often in swampy situations. It produces a slender trunk to nearly 5 m (17 ft.) tall, its leaves are dark green, stalked, to 65 cm (26 in.) long and 12 cm (5 in.) wide. In spring or summer it produces an attractive panicle of white flowers, followed by bright red berries. It is best suited to a tropical climate.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
BN12 Forrest Cabbage Tree ( Cordyline banksii )
A good container and patio shrub. A shrub or small tree reacing 6 metres.. Leaves 1-2.5m. long 4-10cm broad that droop towards the tips and have a long channeled or fluted petiole. Flowers in large panicles. Berry 1cm white or purple.
This cabbage tree likes growing in scrub or deeper forest in it's native habitat. It sometimes has an orange midrib.
As a young plant this cabbage tree is suggestive of a flax with its long drooping leaves, but after a few years it will grow a single trunk and adopt the cabbage tree form. The red mid rib and the parallel bands of yellow and green on the leaves which make it a striking garden feature.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
D2911 Golden Rain Tree Koelreuteria
Golden raintree is a small, open-branching, irregularly-shaped, deciduous tree with a rounded crown which typically grows 30-40' tall and as wide. Features pinnate or bipinnate, feathery, compound leaves (to 18" long), each leaf having 7-17 irregularly lobed leaflets. Leaves emerge pinkish bronze to purplish in spring, mature to a bright green in summer and turn yellow (quality variable) in fall. Bright yellow flowers (1/2" wide) appear in early summer in long, terminal, panicles (12-15"). Falling blossoms may or may not resemble "golden rain", but the fallen blossoms often form an attractive golden carpet under the tree. Flowers give way to interesting, brown, papery seed capsules which somewhat resemble Chinese lanterns. For zones 5-9.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.75
RLP006 Cream Albizia Albizia adinocephala
An ornamental tree from Honduras, this also makes a good park or lawn tree in warm regions. Grows to about 70 feet tall.. Flowering plumes are creamy white. When in bloom in early spring, it is one of the most beautiful trees you will ever see. The seeds are in thin pods 1 long. Tree laden with graceful pinnate leaves light green.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.75
RHM126 Tree of Life ( Lignum-Vitae ) Guaicum officionale
An evergreen tree, indigenous to the West Indies and the northern coast of South America, It grows slowly, up to 55 feet tall although it seldom grows taller than 30'. It has a twisted trunk; opposite oval compound leaves and blue flowers with five petals. It has bright yellow-orange fruits with red flesh and black seeds. . The wood is one of the hardest; has several fats and resins that makes it self lubricating and almost impervious to water. Best suited for zones 9-11.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
RLP007 Albizia Procera
A very fast growing tree that is grown for timber and firewood in tropic regions, it also makes an ornamental tree in parks and lawns. Flowers are greenish white in loose terminal panicles. Flat topped canopy.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
RLP008 Chime Tree Albizia guachapele
A large, fast growing tree with pinnate foliage and powder-puff-like, cream flowers followed by large, flat seed pods. Native to Central and northern South America, it is grown in the tropics for its durable wood as well as an ornamental shade tree.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
RHM133 Badminton Ball Tree Parkia biglandulosa
A beautiful African tree with thin mimosa-like leaflets and wide spreading canopy. Large red seed balls dangle from the stems. Ornamental-Arid/tropic.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
RLP075 Turpentine Tree Syncarpia glomulifera
A tall, straight, evergreen tree from Australia. Crushed leaves have a taste and smell reminiscent of turpentine. It has a narrow conical shape with fibrous, stringy bark. The ovate dull green leaves are often whitish grey and hairy on the underside and aromatic when crushed. Creamy, fluffy white flowers appear in Spring. Uses are good ornamental specimens for large parks and gardens.
The true wood of this species ranges in color from deep red to red-brown. Sapwood is distinctively paler, often creamy. The texture of Turpentine timber is fine to medium but often wavy, with interlocked grain. It is relatively free of gum veins.
Turpentine is extremely durable in above ground applications, where its life expectancy is in excess of 40 years. In-ground life expectancy ranges from 15 to 25 years. The timber of this species is termite-resistant, and untreated sapwood is immune to Lyctid borer attack.
Turpentine is the main Australian species for marine pilings, as its high silica content makes it resistant to Teredinidae marine borers. Other engineering applications include wharf and bridge construction (as both sawn and round timber), railway sleepers, and mining timbers. Construction applications include general house framing, flooring and decking, lining and cladding. Turpentine is an excellent timber for dance floors. It is also used in the construction of plywood, laminated beams and bench tops, and for joinery and parquetry. Other applications include boatbuilding (knees, gunwales, planking, decking) and the production of oyster stakes, wine casks, mallets, and bearings.
Zone 9 and higher.
 300mg pack ( hundreds of small seeds ) $2.95
RHM062 Pacara Earpod Tree Enterolobium contortisilioum
Fast growing Brazilian tree to 100' similar to E. cyclocarpum. Has broader leaflets and smaller ear shaped seed pod. Produces a wide spreading canopy and a seed pod that is 3" wide and ear shaped. It is grown as a shade tree and as an ornamental but is also a valuable timber tree. For warm tropical regions or as tubplant when young.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.50
TRM112 Mopane Colophospermum mopane
These beautiful trees with their distinctive butterfly-shaped leaves and strange seeds are, for many, the essence of South Africa's lowveld areas, along with interesting bird and insect life and game animals. They are also an extremely important food source for animals and people. Vast tracts of uninterrupted mopane scrub and woodland characterize the hot, low-lying areas near the Limpopo River in the far north of South Africa.
The mopane can be a shrub or a tall tree up to 30 m in the northern part of its range, depending on soil conditions and water availability. It has a tall, narrow crown. The compound leaves are divided in two so that the leaflets resemble butterfly wings or a camel's foot. There is a tiny point at the join of the two leaflets which is the remnant of a third, terminal leaflet. Crushed leaves have a turpentine odour. It is a deciduous (sometimes semi-deciduous) tree with lovely autumn and spring colours. Sprays of small, green flowers.
'Mopane manna' is picked off the leaves by people and baboons. This is a sweet-tasting, waxy cover on the juvenile stage of a sap-sucking insect (related to leaf-hoppers) known as the mopane psyllid, Arytaina mopani. The well-known mopane worm, which is the large caterpillar of the Imbrasia belina emperor moth, the Gonometa moth and the caterpillar of the foxy charaxes butterfly, Charaxes jasius saturnus, feed on the mopane.
 3 large seeds $4.95
TRM114 Blue sourplum Ximenia americana
Grows to be a 3m shrub. Pale grey bark, purple-red branches with waxy blooms. Yellowish-green/whitish flowers during Summer-Autumn. Yellow/red fruit, edible. Sow Spring. Zone 10.
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RHM053 Egyptian Hempwood Sesbania sesban
A shrubby tree to 20' indiginous to tropical Africa and other warm regions. It is used as a windbreak, fuelwood, erosion control, and as a trellis tree for various vining plants and fodder for livestock. Easily grown.
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3236 Dwarf Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow Brunfelsia floribunda dwarf
A dwarf variety of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with fragrant flowers. When in bloom, the plant will fill a large area with it's sweet fragrance.
Flowers start dark purple then fade to lavender then to almost white. All 3 colors are displayed on 1 plant simultaneously.
This shrub will do well in any location between full sun to filtered light. Avoid too much shade.
It blooms for a long time during the warm weather.
The plant produces the flowers at the end of the new growth, therefore the more branches you have the more flowers you get. To accomplish that, the plant should be trimmed in order to achieve a round shape which can be done anytime of the year, except between September and November when the flowers start to develop and open.
The plant will survive temperatures in the low 30°s for short periods.
The soil needs to be a little bit on the acidic side.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
3250 Pink Orchid Tree ( Bauhinia monandra )
Tropical tree to 20' known for lobed leaves and 5" pink orchid-like flowers with overlapping petals.Fast growing. May be grown indoors with warmth and bright light and kept pruned to a small size.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
FA47 Butterfly Tree ( Bauhinia purpurea )
Bauhinia purpurea is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to South China (which includes Hong Kong) and southeastern Asia. In the United States of America, the tree grows in Hawaii, coastal California, southern Texas, and southwest Florida. Common names include Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Purple camel's foot, and Hawaiian orchid tree.
It is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree growing to 17 m tall. The leaves are 10-20 cm long and broad, rounded, and bilobed at the base and apex. The flowers are conspicuous, pink and fragrant, with five petals. The fruit is a pod 30 cm long, containing 12 to 16 seeds. For zones 9-10.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
RHM041 Indian Shot Canna indica
Very popular in most tropical zones. Produces large flowers - bright red with bright orange lips. The stems are slender to 3-1/2' with attractive ribbed leaves extending another 1-1/2' being 8" wide and boat shaped having some resemblance to Strelitzia. For landscape in warmer zones or indoors with high intensity lighting.
The seeds are small globular black pellets, hard and heavy enough to sink in water. They resemble shotgun pellets giving rise to the plant's common name of Indian Shot. They are widely used for jewelry.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.95
BM34 Bloodwood Tree Haematoxylon campechianum
This is a fast growing ornamental tree to 25' when grown outside in warm climates, but is most commonly grown as an excellent container plant in the USA, it can be pruned to size and can be used as bonsai plant. Produces numerous delicate round leaflets and extremely fragrant yellow flowers. Trunk becomes gnarled with age. The heartwood is used in making a red dye.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
3243 Pigeon Pea Cajanus cajon
Widely cultivated in tropical countries for the edible beans. Conspicuous purple flowers in racemes. A very prolific bearer and will require support. Requires constant warmth. This pea-like legume is widely propagated in the tropics for the edible seeds and pods. Although an important food plant in the West Indies, they are not grown in gardens or commercially to any great extent in the United States. However, in 1950 there were 10,000 acres of pigeon peas in Hawaii reported. The pigeon pea plant is an erect annual or short-lived perennial reaching a height of 3-10 feet. Because the coarse bush is deeply rooted, it has wide adaptability and grows well on semiarid land. It has slender, pointed trifoliate leaves and yellow or yellow and red flowers. Pods are similar to English peas, green and pointed with a bit of reddish mottling. Several pods are produced in clusters on an upright stem.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
D9807 Baby Woodrose Argyeria nervosa
A very popular tropical climber with wide heart shaped leaves and beautiful rose pink flowers.
  Package of 8 seeds $2.75
SO317 Hawaiian Woodrose Ipomoea
A very interesting vine with deep cut 5-7 lobed foliage that can easily be grown inside. The yellow flowers are followed by woody pod fruits that when opened, resemble a wooden rose. Cannot ship to AR, AZ, PR
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D9809 Herald's Trumpet Beaumontia grandiflora
Also known as the Easter Lily Vine. This lovely vine is grown for the 6 inch, pristine white trumpet-shaped flowers that have the added bonus of having a delightful tropical fragrance. Huge, glossy, dark green leaves showcase lily-like blooms on a 10-20 foot woody vine in full to part sun and moist, well drained soil.
Pictures cannot even begin to describe the sight of a mature Beaumontia in full bloom. A big plant can be covered with many large flowers. Beaumontia does need mature to bloom, it may take a couple of years before you see the flowers. To produce the best display, this heavy climber with large leaves will need a strong structure. Without support the plant will form a large mound. It can be grown in pots but will not get very big or produce many flowers like the ones grown in the ground. Beaumontia is a tropical vine. It can tolerate a light frost for short periods but it is better to protect it if the temperature goes below freezing.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
2242 Spikes Cordyline indivisa
Curving 3- to 6-foot foliage is a key filler for planters, and an excellent center accent for color bowls. Landscape plant in drier parts of Zones 8-10. Fast-growing when young.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
RHM142 Toog Tree Bischofia javanica
Malaysian timber tree to 75 ft. Ornamental green leafets and clusters of pea sized fruits. The dark red, dense wood is used as a building material. The fruits are used in making wine. The seeds, which are edible, contain 30-54% oil, which is used as a lubricant.
  5 seeds per pack.: $2.50
D9815 Balsa Wood Ochroma pyramidale
A tropical tree to 90' with large white flowers up to 6" in size. Attractive foliage. This tree produces one of the lightest and strongest woods available. Much grown for it's commercial value in the tropics.
  Package of 8 seeds $2.75
D9817 Tree Fern Schizolobium parahyba
A fast growing tropical tree from Brazil that can be pruned to size for warm greenhouses. 3 ft. long fernlike leaves makes this a distinctive plant.
  Package of 3 seeds $3.50
Z1810 Edible Ornamental Banana Musa sapientum
An unusual type of ornamental banana that produces large, edible bananas, but the fruit is full of large black seeds and is not raised commercially for this reason. Can be raised in large tubs inside or zone 9 and higher outside. Inside, it rarely grows over 6 ft. tall, but can reach 10 ft. or more outside.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $3.95
Z2450 Darjeeling Banana Musa sikkimensis (= M. hookeri)
Wow! A rare and little known large banana species, new to cultivation, that sports a massive pseudo-trunk to 4,5m (14ft) tall and 45cm (18in.) in diameter., tinged with red, and purple new leaves and leaf-midribs. A percentage of plants even exhibits beautifully dark red mottled leaves. The Darjeeling Banana is very hardy to cold (i.e. in the sense of Musa basjoo) coming, as it does, from mountain forests up to 2000m (6000ft) in the Himalayas of NE-India. First trials outdoors in the US, Britain, Germany and Switzerland have shown an excellent resistance to cold and frost. Like all bananas, it is extremely fast growing, given rich soil and an abundance of water. The fruits have a sweetish pulp but are hard and contain a few large seeds. An absolute novelty that shows great promise as an ornamental for the temperate as well as the cooler tropical garden. We think this plant that has more potential than any other cold tolerant Musa in cultivation at the moment.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
Z2093 Cold Hardy Chinese Dwarf Banana Musella lasiocarpa
Musella lasiocarpa is an exciting banana relative that comes from high altitudes (to frosty 2800m / 9200ft!) in the Yunnan province in China. The maximum height of the plant is only about 1.5m / 5ft, half of which is a very stout, conical trunk, topped by a crown of handsome, slightly glaucous, broad leaves. From early age, the rhizome produces many suckers. The "flower", which is big and bright yellow, appears in its second year, and grows upright at the top of the trunk. As the inflorescence grows in size, tiny 'bananas' begin to appear under each bract which curls back to reveal the fruits. Unfortunately inedible, the 2" long bananas each contain dozens of small, shiny jet black seeds. The seed requires cool stratification (abt. 5°C) but then germinates easily, and subsequent seedling growth is as you might expect, very fast. Musella appreciates heavy watering and feeding and a place in full sun. It will flourish in all climates from cool tropical down to temperate, where it will be found to be root hardy, enduring even cold winters with its underground rhizome, just like the well known "Hardy Banana", Musa basjoo. It also makes a perfect conservatory plant which will be a true conversation piece that certainly will not outgrow its location.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
Z2306 Velvet Banana Musa velutina
Good container type of banana with dark green leaf blades to 3 ft. Produces erect spikes of white flowers, followed by softly hairy, pink fruit. Good for zone 9 and higher outside.
Price per pack: $4.95
  10 seeds
  Bulk Pack of 50 seeds: $17.95
Z2007 Balbisiana Banana Musa balbisiana
Obscure but exciting 'new' Banana from North-east India, the Musa balbisiana is perhaps one of the progenitors of the commercial banana. It grows at some altitude so may tolerate cool conditions and a little frost, but its main characteristic is its huge flower. As with others in the genus, rich soil is required for maximum growth together with plenty of fertilizer and an adequate supply of water. Given these and some summer warmth, it is almost dangerously fast growing!
  10 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
Z2115 Giant Nepal Banana Ensete glaucum
This exciting but little-known banana relative is also known as Musa nepalensis and Ensete giganteum, hinting at the plants giant size. It grows in China (Yunnan 800-1100m a.s.l.), Nepal, India, Burma, Thailand and possibly also in Tibet, Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. It has a thick, waxy and blue, solitary trunk, huge bluish leaves up to 10ft/3m long, and a huge nodding banana-producing inflorescence. It is extremely fast growing and so requires a good supply of fertilizer and water and is best planted in rich soil. In cold climates it would make an astonishing bedding plant during the Summer.
  5 seeds per pack. Price per pack: $5.95
Z1705 Ornamental Christmas Banana Musa sumatrana
A very striking dwarf banana that reaches a mature height of only 1,5 to 2m (5 to 7ft) with narrow leaves that are dark red below and striped with red and green above. Subtropical to tropical. Ideal houseplant.
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1A005 Screw Pine Pandanus utilis
A slow growing tree type plant with long leathery sword leaves sharply serrated at edges and arranged in a spiral manner. The tree will develop stilt roots. Requires warmth and bright light as an inside plant. We recommend soaking seeds in warm water/CAPE Seed Primer for 24 hours before sowing.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
1A010 Wild Almond Terminalia
A tropical shrub to small tree that should be raised in the greenhouse for its unique ornamental appearance. Its bright green leaves turn red to pink at different times of the year. It has a profusion of flowers which are followed by edible nuts.
  Package of 2 large seeds $3.95
D2902 St. John's Tree Ceratonia
An evergreen tree that grows to 50 ft. Has stout, leathery foliage and can be grown in containers. Grows well in dry soils. The edible pods can be made into flour, which makes delicious candies, cakes, pastries and drinks.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
D2905 Jacaranda Tree Jacaranda mimosifolia
An easily grown tropical tree that can be grown in containers. Has mimosa type leaves and lavender blue flowers in clusters.
  200mg Pack ( about 20-25 seeds ) $2.50
1A006 Teakwood Tree Tectonia grandis
The famous hardwood tree native to Malaysia, the wood is heavier than water. A tall tropical tree with large, rough, leathery leaves and small mauve flowers.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
SO350 Indian Banyan Tree Ficus benghalensis
Outside it is a huge tropical tree with heart shaped ovate leaves. As it gets older, it will develop silt roots which give it a very interesting appearance. This tree can easily be raised inside if kept properly pruned.
  Package of 8 seeds $2.50
NW44 Jojoba Tree Simmondsia chinensis
A unique sub-tropical shrub growing to 12 ft. with light green-gray oval foliage. Bears the seeds that produce the Jojoba oil that is much in demand. Good container plant.
  Package of 4 seeds $2.00
NW26 Heavenly Bamboo Nandina Domestica
A member of the barberry family that has a striking resemblance to bamboo. Has leathery, bluish green leaves that are blushed with purple, bronze and red when new. Has attractive long clusters of white flowers in spring and very ornamental red berries in winter. Likes full sun to partial shade. Cold hardy to 5 degrees outside. Makes a good container plant inside. Start some now for a jump on next year.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.50
NW10 Giant White Bird of Paradise Strelitzia nicolai
This is the famous giant plant reaching 12 ft. or more in height and bearing loads of brilliant white flowers. Can be container grown if desired.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
D2921 Princess Tree Paulowinia
A stunning tree with purple trumpet shaped leaves. Good shade tree. To 40 ft.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
D2925 Pineapple Guava Feijoa
A beautiful evergreen shrub that is easy to grow. Has dark green leaves with silvery underneath. The flowers are very attractive. The fruit is yellow green and has a pleasant pear like taste.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
1A358 Buddha Coconut Pterygota alata
Buddha Coconut is a tall tree, which gets is name from its coconut like fruit. This large, dry deciduous tree to 30 m or more tall with a buttressed trunk is found as an emergent species in disturbed, evergreen forests from India to Burma and Malaysia. The large, woody fruits can reach 12 cm in diameter and open along one side to release up to 40 edible seeds. In cultivation it is best suited to the tropics. In India, seeds are eaten, and plant used medicinally. Buddha Coconut is native to India, and found variously in S.E. Asia.
 10 seeds $2.95
D2977 Ginko Biloba
A unique tree with a leaf shape unlike any other. Its nuts are regarded as a delicacy in the Orient. In fall the leaves turn a golden yellow. A favorite bonsai specimen.
  Package of 3 seeds $1.95
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D2980 Flame of the Forest Delonix regia
It is called the tropics most glorious flowering tree. The flowers are vivid scarlet and borne copiously all over the shallow, domed crown.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
D9611 Derris Robusta
A tropical tree that can be container grown if giver lots of warmth and light. Has gray branches and paired 2 inch leaflets that are silky/hairy underneath. Flowers are white in dense clusters. Very different.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.00
TRM167 Hot Lips Psychotria poeppigiana
A member of the coffee family, this large shrub is widely distributed in tropical forests from southern Mexico to northernmost Argentina. To attract its main pollinators, hummingbirds, its inconspicuous inflorescences are framed by two glossy, bright red bracts that look like a pair of pouting lips. An easily grown and attractive ornamental for the tropics, it also have a number of applications in traditional medicine. It is well suited for pot culture in warm greenhouses.
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TRZ006 Ballnut Tree Calophyllum inophyllum
A smallish tree with a broad, spreading crown of large, leathery leaves and attractive, strongly scented, white flowers, native from Eastern Africa to tropical Asia and Australia. It is popular as an ornamental especially in coastal regions and its durable wood that has a number of uses.
Besides being a popular ornamental plant, its wood is hard and strong and has been used in construction or boatbuilding.
Traditional Pacific Islanders used Calophyllum wood to construct the keel of their canoes while the boat sides were made from breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) wood. The seeds yield a thick, dark green oil for medicinal use or hair grease. Active ingredients in the oil are believed to regenerate tissue, so is sought after by cosmetics manufacturers as an ingredient in skin cremes.
The nuts should be well dried before cracking, after which the oil-laden kernel should be further dried. The first neoflavone isolated in 1951 from natural sources was calophyllolide from Calophyllum inophyllum seeds.
The fatty acid methyl ester of Calophyllum inophyllum seed oil meets the major biodiesel requirements in the United States, and European Union. The average oil yield is 11.7 kg-oil/tree or 4680 kg-oil/hectare
The tree is regarded as sacred in some Pacific islands because of its excellent growth in sandy soil as shade tree and many uses.
In the northwest coastal areas of Luzon island in Philippines, the oil was used for night lamps. It creates a relaxing aroma. This widespread use started to decline when kerosene became available, and later on electricity.
It was also used as fuel to generate electricity to provide power for radios during World War II.
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