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.

TRM452 Drunken Parrot Tree ( Schotia brachypetala )
The name Drunken Parrot Tree comes from the fact that individual flowers contain so much nectar that it has a tendency to ferment before the birds can eat it all, resulting in a mild narcotic effect on the birds.
These tropical trees will start blooming when they are still quite young. The abundance of rich deep red flowers are produced straight after the new leaves during September and October, but exact flowering times will vary from tree to tree. This irregularity in blooming times is of value to the nectar feeding birds, and ensures a longer feeding season. The flowers produce such copious amounts of nectar that it literally 'weeps' from the flowers.
This is an exceptional ornamental tree for gardens and parks and looks wonderful as part of a larger landscape, or planted singly as a specimen tree. Do not plant it near paved areas or car parks etc, where the dripping nectar could become a problem. When in bloom it will attract a wide variety of birds, animals and insects. The nectar will attract nectar-feeding birds like sunbirds, the nectar will also attract many insects, and therefore insect-eating birds.
Easy to grow in warm frost-free areas, where it remains evergreen and grows surprisingly fast. In colder, dry, inland regions it is slower-growing and deciduous, losing its leaves for a short period in winter or spring. It is semi-hardy to moderate frost if it is planted in a protected part of the garden and young trees are covered in winter, until they are more established. An established tree can withstand minimum winter temperatures of about 24 degrees. It is remarkably hardy in dry regions with poor soil, but for best results in the garden, plant in deep very well-drained soil, to which generous quantities of compost has been added and a dressing of bonemeal. A general purpose granular fertiliser can be used during the growing season. It loves in full sun and will respond well to judicious watering in the garden, especially when young, and during prolonged dry periods.
  Package of 5 seeds $3.95
TRN388 Pink and White Shower Tree ( Cassia javanica )
Cassia javanica, also known as Java Cassia, Pink Shower, Apple Blossom Tree and Rainbow Shower Tree has been extensively grown in tropical areas worldwide as a garden tree owing to its beautiful crimson and pink flower bunches.
This 26 foot tree produces beautiful dense flowering racemes of various shades of pink with white. Flowering most of the year.
The five-petaled flowers are deeper rosy pink when they first open but fade to palest pink, creating a variegated color palette in the clusters.
For zones 9A through 11.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
JF277 Hitchhiking Elephant Ear Remusatia vivipara
A medium-sized, fast growing aroid native to the undergrowth of temperate and tropical forests between the Himalayas, China, Southeast Asia, northern Australia and large parts of Africa. It spreads by small bulbils that cling to animals fur like burs. The beautiful glossy green leaves reach to about 1 m (3 ft.) tall. A stunningly tropical ground cover or bedding plant for temperate and tropical climates in USDA Zones 8 to 11.
 1mg pack ( about 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
TRN497 Palo Brea (Cercidium praecox)
A very popular tree in hot climates for planting street side or around the foundation of buildings. This is a rugged, drought tolerant selection prized for its intricate, sculpture-like branching habit, smooth green-tinted bark, and abundance of yellow flowers over a long season starting in spring. Blooms are followed by attractive seed pods.
Perfect for challenging hot locations near pavement or between building foundations and walks. A good specimen, street tree, or planted as a border.
USDA Zones 9 to 12.
 5 seeds $2.95
RLP185 Parrot Tree ( Butea monosperma )
A wonderful, small to medium-sized, dry deciduous, tropical tree from savannas and low, dry forests in India, Sri Lanka and Burma.
The stunning, orange red flowers appear before the leaves. They look like parrots beaks and are pollinated by birds or palm squirrels. Butea is highly sought after as an ornamental flowering tree for the tropics.
Zone 9b or higher.
Package of 5 seeds $3.95
RLP190 New Zealand Christmas Tree ( Metrosideros tomentosa )
New Zealand Christmas tree is a showy evergreen with beautiful red flowers that reminds one of a bottle brush.
This narrow upright evergreen tree will take full sun and is drought tolerant. Scarlet flowers appear in spring through summer. It can reach up to 20 to 30 feet tall by about 12 to 15 feet wide.
It does well in seaside conditions and is hardy to about 30 degrees F. Useful for its narrow upright habit, it makes a wonderful lawn selection in seaside and tropical areas.
Zone 9b or higher.
110mg package ( over 100 tiny seeds ) $3.95
2693 Tamarind ( Tamarindus indica )
The tamarind is a large tropical tree with a short massive trunk, ferny pinnate leaves, small yellow flowers and fat reddish brown pods. The tree can get 90 ft (27.4 m) tall but is usually less than 50 ft (15.2 ft). It has a short, stocky trunk, drooping branches and a domed umbrella shaped crown about as wide as the tree's height. The leaves are about 10 in (25.4 cm) long with 10-18 pairs of 1 in (2.5 cm) oblong leaflets. Tamarind drops its leaves in pronounced dry seasons; in climates without a dry season it stays evergreen. The flowers are about 1 in (2.5 cm) across, pale yellow with purple or red veins. They have five unequal lobes and borne in small drooping clusters. The velvety cinnamon brown pods are 2-6 in (5.1-15.2 cm) long, sausage shaped and constricted between the seeds. The pulp that surrounds the 8-10 seeds is both sweet and extremely sour.
Tamarinds are grown as ornamental shade and street trees, and for the edible pods. The pods are fed to livestock, and the pulp within the pods is used to make beverages, curries, chutneys and sauces. Tamarind pulp is made into a soft drink known as refresco de tamarindo in Latin America, and tamarinade in Jamaica. It's also the basis of a popular drink in the Middle East. Tamarind is used extensively in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine, and is an important ingredient in Worcestershire sauce. The juice is used to pickle fish in India. Several medicinal uses of tamarind are reported in Grieve's A Modern Herbal. The fruit is said to improve digestion, relieve gas, soothe sore throats, and act as a mild laxative.
The tamarind tree is a beautiful, fine textured tree and it makes an excellent shade tree in large landscapes. It often is planted in public parks and as an avenue tree in tropical cities. Best for zones 10 and up.
Price per pack: $2.95
  10 seeds
RLP192 Gold Medalion Tree ( Cassia leptophylla )
Native to Brazil, this small tree produces a rounded crown with somewhat drooping branches and pinnate leaves and is loaded with big clusters of bright yellow flowers.
It does best in warm temperate climates in USDA Zones 9 to 11.
5 seeds $2.95
TRN279 Scorpion Wattle ( Acacia cinninnata )
A small to moderately-sized, evergreen, tropical tree to about 50 feet tall with long phyllodes and spikes of cream white, scented flowers. Grown for it's fragrant flowers and unique seed pods that twist into a scorpion type shape.
Acacia cincinnata is native to Australia and islands of the South West Pacific, where it grows in open forests. It makes a nice ornamental and is also planted for its dark, tough timber. Zone 9 and higher outside.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRN463 Queen of the Andies ( Puya raimondii )
Also known as Giant Bromeliad. This largest and most magnificent of all Bromeliads is native to the barren highlands of the Andes in Bolivia and Peru. It forms a giant rosette of stiff, broad leaves atop a stout trunk to 10 feet tall. The remarkable flower spike appears after 80 or more years of vegetative growth and can reach about 25 feet tall. It adapts relatively well to warm temperate climates without extremes of heat or cold in USDA Zones 9 and 10.
 10 seeds $3.95
D1109 Bird of Paradise ( Strelitzia reginae )
One of the most attractive of all tropical plants.
The Bird of Paradise is delightfully easy to care for and enjoys warm, balmy days year round. The stunning flowers of this unique plant make it popular in gardens around the globe.
Flowering occurs multiple times a year if the plant is well taken care of. It is a long lived plant, and takes up to three years to begin producing flowers. Once it begins flowering, however, this plant will provide you with years of delight.
Once flowering begins in early spring, each plant will produce up to six flowers in succession, with each flower being long-lived. Blooming can be almost continuous from early spring into early fall, provided the plant is cared for. This plant requires little encouragement to bloom, happy with enough light and water for its needs.
It comes from S Africa. The flowers take shape of a most peculiar form, resembling birds in flight. Grows to a height of about 3 feet in containers, but can reach 6 feet outside.
They can tolerate temperatures as low as 55 degrees, but prefer to remain in the 70-90 degree range.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.25
TRN381 Peacock Flower ( Caesalpinia pulcherrima )
The most popularly planted species of Caesalpinia is Caesalpinia pulcherrima. Common names for this species include Poinciana, Pride of Barbados , Red Bird of Paradise, Mexican Bird of Paradise, Dwarf Poinciana, and flamboyan-de-jardin. It is a shrub growing to 3 m tall, native to tropical America.
It is a striking ornamental plant, widely grown in tropical gardens. It is also the national flower of the Caribbean island of Barbados, and is depicted on the Queen's personal Barbadian flag.
Peacock flower is an evergreen shrub or small tree in frost free climates, a deciduous shrub in zone 9, and a returning perennial in zone 8. In the tropics it gets 15-20' tall and its ungainly, wide spreading branches can cover about the same width. In cultivation peacock flower is usually 8-12' tall, growing that large even after freezing to the ground the previous winter. The stem, branches and petioles are armed with sharp spines and the leaves are fernlike and twice compound, with many small, oval leaflets.
Peacock flower lives up to its name with incredibly showy blossoms of orange and red. The flowers are bowl shaped, 2-3" across, with five crinkled, unequal red and orange petals, and ten prominent bright red stamens that extend way beyond the corolla. The flowers are borne in terminal clusters 8-10" tall throughout most of the year in tropical climates and in late summer and fall where frosts occur. There also are forms with yellow and forms with dark red flowers. The fruits, typical legumes, are flat, 3-4" long, and when ripe they split open noisily to expose the little brown beans.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRN382 Dwarf Yellow Poinciana ( Caesalpinia pulcherrima flava )
This large tropical shrub/small tree has flowers that resemble a Royal Poinciana tree with the advantage of a smaller size. This clone has unusual yellow flowers that can be seen almost year round.
This large shrub/small tree has flowers that resemble a Royal Poinciana tree with the advantage of a smaller size. The Royal Poinciana, considered by some the most beautiful flowering tree in the world, is large and can reach 30' in height with 50' spread. This makes this Caesalpinia perfect for smaller yards where space is limited.
It grows in full to partial sun. Provide average water and fertilizer during the growing season. Keep a little drier during the winter, when the plant can loose most of its leaves. It is quite drought tolerant when established.
It can reach 10'-12' in height and will bloom most of the time during warm weather. The Dwarf Poinciana will bloom in a 10"pot and can be kept small.
If you choose you can trim it back, do so during the winter right before the plant resprouts in Feb/March.
Zone 8 and higher.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRM274 Santiago Leaf ( Piper peltatum )
Sometimes listed as Pothomorphe peltata. This is a large-leaved perennial related to the pepper plant. Highly respected as a medicine plant in Belize for its ability to relieve pain (muscle spasm, headache, and stomachache). Grown for its leaves, which are used for their spicy aromatic scent and flavor, some liken to root beer, others to anise-clove. As an ornamental, it it can be a beautiful follage plant and makes a great backdrop for any garden. Easily grown from seeds in warm zones 10 and above, can be grown in tubs inside warm greenhouses.
 1mg ( about 10 very small seeds ) $3.95
TRN383 Bird of Paradise Shrub ( Caesalpinia gilliesii )
This srubby native of Argentina is desirable tropical tree to 8' with fern-like foliage admired for its yellow flowers and long red stamens.
It is laden with numerous very small leaflets. May be grown indoors with warmth and bright light.
Zones 9 and up.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRN384 Mexican Bird of Paradise ( Caesalpinia mexicana )
Fern-like foliage is the perfect backdrop for the clusters of fragrant, yellow flowers. Masses of blooms virtually cover the tree in spring and continue to appear on new growth the rest of the season attracting hummingbirds and butterflies.
Can be used as a screen or pruned into a small patio tree. It has many benefits, it attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Has long lasting, fragrant, colorful flowers and is drought tolerant once established and is easy to grow in landscape or in a patio container. Plant in full sun. This large shrub is evergreen in mild climates, but where frost occurs it will shed foliage. Extremely tolerant of sun and reflected heat, supplement with one watering per week but while it flowers. Needs good drainage.
Zones 9 and up.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRN385 Cascalote ( Caesalpinia cacalaco )
One of the showiest of the Caesalpinias. Shrubby tree to 50' with grey bark and armed with spikelets. Its 4" fruits and the seeds are edible.
The bark has been used as a toothache remedy and the wood makes good charcoal. Produces large yellow flowers in long racemes that hummingbirds, bees and butterflies love.
Hardy to mid 20's when mature. Can be grown as a patio container plant, or outside zones 9 and up.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRN386 Golden Senna ( Cassia bicapsularis )
While other trees are preparing for winter, butterfly bush is just waking up. This sprawling, semi-evergreen shrub, reaching a height of 8 to 10 feet with an equal spread, produces blossoms in fall that resemble golden butterflies.
Bright yellow flowers appear at a time of year when little else is in bloom. This plant has a place in any sunny landscape.
For zones 9A through 11.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRN387 Golden Shower Tree ( Cassia fistula )
The Golden Shower Tree has lacy foliage and is a native of Asia. It is the national flower of Thailand, and the yellow leaves symbolize Thai royalty.
It is tolerant of most soils and can handle coastal conditions. The tree has long clusters of blooms that hang like those of a wisteria and measure an entire foot long! The flowers then turn in to interesting, long, skinny seed pods.
The flowers are fragrant and are sweetly scented, and you can enjoy this plant indoors as a house plant. Outdoors they will attract bees, birds, and butterflies to your garden.
For zones 9A through 11.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRN389 Appleblossom Cassia ( Cassia nodosa )
Spectacular medium size fast growing tree with a fine spreading crown. Masses of bubbly fragrant pink appleblossom flowers (over 2 inches across) appear in spring-summer held in cascading clusters along downy branches.
Lovely, tropical, rich green, pinnate foliage. Briefly deciduous during dry season. Flowers appear in groups along the downy branches, each cluster borne on a short stalk. The flower stems are red and grow in whorls.
The buds and flowers are deep pink, fading to white and each petal is somewhat pointed at the tip.
For zones 9A through 11.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRN390 Golden Lantern ( Cassia reticulata )
Also known as Saragundi. Beautiful flowering small tree that is easy to grow from seed and will usually bloom the second year and will produce an abudance of extremely pretty golden yellow blooms when mature.
It can take some frost but not freezing temperatures. It is a regal-looking flowering tree whose branches spread out in a most dignified manner with exquisite dense, pale-green leaves.
Will usually produce dense foliage and profuse, showy golden flowers. It is drought tolerant and easy to grow from seeds.
For zones 9A through 11.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRN391 Red Shower Tree ( Cassia roxburghii )
Tropical tree with spreading, drooping branches laden with pink flowers. Beautiful all year and blooms all summer. Leaves are 1 foot long and each has 15 pairs of oblong 2 inch leaflets.
It can be pruned to size, or allowed to reach 40 feet. Can be a bonsai candidate. Native to Sri Lanka. Loves full sun or part shade, well drained soil, and moist soil.
For zones 9A through 11.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRN392 Kassod Tree ( Cassia samea, Senna samea )
Fast growing 40 foot tree with attractive pinnate leaves with thin leaflets and yellow flowers in corymbs forming large terminal panicles.
A Prized wood with handsome zebra grain.
In the tropics, the tree is commonly planted in avenues and gardens, the leaves can be used as manure and the flowers are used as a vegetable. Possesses many medicinal properties and has a sporadic effect.
For zones 9A through 11.
Package of 10 seeds $2.50
TRM163 Monkey Comb ( Amphilophium crucigerum )
Widely distributed from Mexico through tropical South America, this climber sports large, heart-shaped leaves and white flowers with a yellow throat followed by large, flat, spiny seed pods, the edges of the flat pods do resemble a comb. It is a popular ornamental in the tropics but also has invasive potential and should be handled with care. It is well suited for pot culture in warm greenhouses.
 5 seeds $2.95
RLP186 Rosy Trumpet Tree ( Tabebuia rosea )
Rosy trumpet tree is the National Tree of El Salvador. It is an important timber tree in Mexico and Central America. Commonly called pink trumpet, rosy trumpet tree or pink poui, is an evergreen (usually considered deciduous in climates with a dry season) tree with a long, smooth trunk topped by a rounded spreading crown.
It typically matures in the wild to 60-90' tall and to 30-50' wide, but usually grows shorter in cultivation. It is native from Mexico through Central America to Venezuela and Ecuador. It is best noted for its often spectacular bloom of showy, trumpet-shaped, purplish-pink to white flowers (2-4" long) with yellow throats which bloom in clusters (up to 30 flowers per cluster) at various times during the year.
Bloom schedule in part depends upon the climate where the tree grows. In climates with a distinct dry season (e.g., March - May), the leaves of this tree will typically drop at the beginning of that dry season. The dry conditions subsequently trigger a mass bloom near the end of the dry season when the tree branches are still bare but the rains have begun to fall.
In climates where rains occur throughout the year (no dry season), flowers tend to bloom intermittently through much of the year in smaller but more frequent bursts of bloom.
Flowers are followed by bean-like pods (8-12" long). Each palmate leaf has five, leathery, scaly, elliptic to elliptic-oblong, toothless, medium to dark green leaflets (central one to 12" long) with undulate margins.
Zone 9 or higher.
50mg package ( about 10 or more seeds ) $2.95
IP150 Joy Perfume Tree ( Michelia champaca )
Excellent houseplant for colder zones or garden plant for warmer zones ( 10 and above ). The fragrance of the flower is simply amazing.
Also known as Champa, Yellow Champa, Golden Campa or Fragrant Champa is highly revered by the followers of Hinduism and Buddhism. They use Michelia flowers during religious ceremonies. Tibetans believe that the Buddha of the next era will find enlightenment under the flower canopy of the champaca tree.
Michelia has several ornamental, commercial and medicinal uses too. For gardeners, it is an excellent choice as a houseplant or as companion plant in landscapes. Commercially, the timber of Michelia is used for almost anything from cabinet-making to firewood and flowers are grown to sell at cut flower shops. The extract from the flowers of Michelia Alba is used in preparation of the famous 'Joy' perfume. Medicinally, the tree has wide applications; the bark is used to prepare tonic, the oil extracted from flowers is used to cure toughs and rheumatism, and for relieving eye troubles and gout.
Michelias are easy to grow and maintain. They love a lot of light and warmth but filtered sunlight. The best location for Michelia is the place where it receives direct and ample sunlight in early morning but partial light for the rest of the day. Suitable for containers, Michelias has shallow and brittle root system. It likes moderate watering in acidic and well-drained soil. As a general rule, water lavishly when the plant is young to allow it to develop good root system. Water mature trees moderately and feed with a general purpose fertilizer during spring. Prune in winter when plant goes dormant.
Outdoors in zone 10 or higher, Michelia can gain a height of 75 feet or more in suitable conditions. The tree bears large leaves that resemble the leaves of Mango tree. The tree booms from May to October and produces abundance of star-shaped flowers that fill the entire surrounding with mesmerizing scent. Flowers are usually golden-yellow, golden-orange and creamy-white.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRN056 Black Boy ( Xanthorrhoea preissii )
Also known as Balga or Grass Tree. An unusual plant from Western Australia with a stocky trunk to 20 feet tall that holds a bristly crown of long, hard, narrow, needle-like leaves that remind of a large tuft of grass.
It is common in areas with frequent brush fires that leave the trunk blackened, hence the common name.
Growth is slow, but plants are robust and very drought tolerant and can take some frost with ease. It does best in warm temperate climates and prefers a place in sun on well drained ground.
Zones 9-11.
 5 seeds $3.95
RHM149 Japanese Pagoda Tree ( Alstonea scholaris )
Commonly called Blackboard tree, Indian devil tree, Ditabark, Milkwood pine, White cheesewood and Pulai is an evergreen, tropical tree native to the Indian subcontinent and Indomalaya, Malesia and Australasia.
Tall handsome warm weather tree to 60 with both the branches and its long 8" leathery leaves arranged in whorls. May be grown indoors with warmth and bright light and kept pruned to a desired height. It has fine grained white wood.
 3m package ( about 10 seeds ) $3.95
TRN106 Cucumber Tree ( Parmentiera aculeata )
This highly ornamental tree is due to the interesting shape of its leaves and the greenish-cream flowers that grow directly from the stem or branch tips. The fibrous, ridged, fruit is 12" long and 2" wide.
It resembles a greenish-yellow cucumber, it is juicy with a sweet flavor similar to sugar cane. Eaten either raw or cooked. The fruit is sometimes made into pickles or preserves.
It is reported to be a good remedy for colds, and the roots are used as a diuretic. The tree is adapted to a wide range of climatic conditions but is most frequently found in high-rainfall forests where it grows spontaneously.
Hardy to zone 10a and higher.
  Package of 10 seeds $3.95
IP152 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.
 20mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
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
SF104 Myanmar Morning Glory ( Argyreia Wallichii )
Very similar to the familiar Baby Woodrose. From the region formerly known as Burma. A vigorous thick vine developing large leaves from heart shape to nearly orbicular with some white in the underside. Produces numerous tubular funnel form flowers with the corolla whitish turning to pink or near purple.
A tropical vine for zone 10 and higher.
  10 seeds to a pack, $2.25
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
RLP191 Ceylon Rosewood ( Albizia odoratissima )
Also known as Fragrant Black Siris. A large, semi-deciduous tree with a spreading, dense crown of pinnate foliage and fragrant, pale yellow, powderpuff-like flowers. Native to India from the Himalayas to Sri Lanka and from Pakistan to Sikkim and Southeast Asia, it is also popularly cultivated for its durable wood, as a fodder tree or an ornamental shade tree for tropical climates.
The fragrant flowers are white withering to a pale orange, appearing in large terminal clusters.
It has an attractive dark brown to black heartwood, often striped, durable and dense. It seasons with few problems, and works and polishes well, finding applications in structural timber, furniture and agricultural implements. In Bangladesh large areas of tea and coffee plantations are shaded by this species, while the foliage makes good cattle fodder.
Grows 50-75 feet tall and is not frost hardy.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.75
TRN286 Cream Albizia ( Albizia adinocephaia )
This is a wonderful tropical tree from Honduras that can grow up to 70 feet tall when mature. The flowering plumes are white and a sight to behold. Flowers are followed by long green pods turning to brown. The tree is laden with graceful pinnate leaves that are light green, making it an attractive background tree.
Zones 10 and above.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
TRN272 Madagascar Rubber Vine ( Cryptostegia madagascariensis )
A thin twining vine to 30' with large purple flowers on short stems. Produces twin seed pods laden with silky white floss. Leaves are oval to triangular. Needs warmth and bright light. Always in demand. For warm climate or greenhouse.
  Package of 10 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
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.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRN273 Giant Spear Lily ( Doryanthes palmeri )
Growing to 12 feet tall, with massive, 11-foot flower stalks, this is one of the largest Lily relatives around. A native of eastern Australia, it is disappearing fast there due to habitat destruction. Here in the U.S. it is rarely seen for sale. In the right environment, it's an easy-to-grow plant, and an amazing conversation piece!
Grows best in partial shade but will tolerate full sun. Frost hardy although flowers can be damaged by heavy frost. Excellent accent plant or large container plant. Although the seed germinates readily, Doryanthes palmeri grows very slowly, taking several years to reach flowering size. Mature height:5 to 8 feet, even 10 feet in it's natural habitat. Cold hardy to about 25 degrees.
 5 seeds $2.95
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.
  10 seeds per pack. $2.95
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
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!

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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
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
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
3479 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.
 1mg pack ( 10 or more tiny seeds ) $2.95
TRM795 Big Leaf Mahogany ( Swietenia macrophylla )
A large, dry deciduous tree, once common in tropical forests from southern Mexico to Bolivia. It is a fast growing species that can reach an enormous 50 to 70 m in height with a massive, straight, lightly buttressed trunk that holds a rounded, umbrella-shaped crown with large leaves, yellowish green flowers and reddish brown fruits.
It is threatened today due to the overexploitation of its beautiful and very durable, reddish-brown wood: the genuine and highest quality mahogany. It is a very important timber-tree and widely grown throughout the tropics today, in USDA zone 11 and above. It is also an attractive ornamental for parks and large gardens.
 10 seeds $2.95
RHM088 Silk Floss Tree ( Chorisia speciosus )
This South American tree has a brilliant display of pink, lily-like flowers. It blooms best during the month of October, adding a touch of color at a time when most blooms are fading.
Spectacular 5-6 inch purple flowers. Native to Brazil and Argentina. Hardy in Zone 9b
Mainly evergreen but will go deciduous briefly when they flower. Oval shaped medium sized tree growing to 30 to 60 ft tall and 20 to 40 ft wide. Fast rate of growth when young then slows down. Beautiful flowering tree in fall with showy pink to rosy colored blossoms. Trunk is stout, green in color and usually is armed with thick, heavy spines.
Leaves are palmately compound with long petiole. Five leaflets per leaf. Fruit is a large pod appearing in spring. Pod opens and emits cotton like material. Used as a background tree, for naturalizing, accent, and specimen. Prefers a well drained soil and likes summer water. Is considered to be half hardy. Trunk is usually enlarged at base. Cotton is used as stuffing material like pillows. Tree may go deciduous in autumn or when temp goes below 27 degrees F.
  5 seeds per pack. $2.95
RLP178 Tasty Ginger ( Renealmia alpinia )
This tasty tropical ginger is a familiar sight in South America, but rarely seen elsewhere. The dramatic wavy foliage grows 6' tall. It has a very gingery scent when crushed. Bright red inflorescences appear at ground level between the shoots.
This is an easy and rewarding ornamental for the tropical garden and a tasty seasoning for adventurous chefs. In the Quechua languages, it is called "mishqui panga" means "tasty leaf". It's highly valued as a culinary herb, especially for flavoring fish. It is also used to wrap food in while cooking, imparting the flavor of the leaf into the food.
In Trinidad, hunters use it to treat their hunting dogs for everything from sprains to snakebite.
For zones 10 and above outside, or for tropical greenhouse.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
RLP166 Millettia Grandis
A medium-sized, partially deciduous tree native to South Africa growing to 50 feet tall with a spreading crown of pinnate, reddish emergent foliage and light purple flowers on upright spikes.
Millettia grandis has a compact crown which is particularly suitable for planting in limited spaces like small urban gardens it makes an attractive decorative shade tree with glossy dark green leaves, grey bark, copper red coloured young leaves and flower buds, purple flowers and velvety golden seed pods.
The attractive flowers which occur in from early spring to summer are pea-shaped, mauve to purple and held in an upright inflorescence on the ends of the branches. The seed pods split open 6-8 months later when dry with a load bang to release the flat, oblong seeds.
The wood is durable and used for furniture and carving but the tree also makes a wonderful ornamental for warm temperate and tropical climates in USDA Zones 10 or above.
 5 seeds $2.95
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
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
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
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
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
IP155 Natal Plum ( Carissa macrocarpa)
Natal Plum is a shrub native to South Africa, where it is commonly called the Large Num-Num. In Zulu, as well as in the Bantu tribes of Uganda, it is called amatungulu. In Afrikaans the fruit is called Noem-Noem.
It deals well with salt-laden winds, making it a good choice for coastal areas. It is commonly found in the coastal bush of the Eastern Cape and Natal. It produces shiny, deep green leaves and snowy white flowers whose perfumed scent intensifies at night. It is a spiny, evergreen shrub containing latex.
The flowers are about 2 inches across and sweetly fragrant, like orange blossoms, especially at night. The edible fruit is a pretty plum shaped red berry abut 2 inches long which tastes like sweet cranberries. Natal plum blooms almost all year long and most of the time both flowers and fruit are present. The fruit can be eaten out of hand or made into pies, jams, jellies, and sauces.
A traditional food plant in Africa, this little-known fruit has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.
Natal plum are among the best ocean front foundation, hedge, container and groundcover plants for tropical and subtropical regions. They are very popular in South Florida. Natal plums are often grown in containers on ocean front condominium balconies. Their thick leathery leaves are not torn by wind nor bothered by salt spray.
Zones 9-11 outdoors, but easily grown as a container plant and brought inside during winter.
  10 seeds per pack $2.95
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
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
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
RLP162 Elephant Rope Tree ( Sterculia villosa )
A medium-sized, sparsely branched, dry deciduous tree with large, lobed leaves to 40 cm long and panicles of small, bell-shaped, yellow flowers followed by hairy, reddish seed pods. It is widely distributed from the Himalayas to Southeast Asia.
Various parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine for their diuretic, cooling and aphrodisiac properties. Sterculia villosa also makes an impressive, fast growing ornamental tree.
A coarse but very strong fibre is obtained from the bark. It is made into ropes and bags. The bast, or rather all the layers of the bark, can be stripped from the bottom to the top of the tree with ease. A fine, pliable rope is made from the inner layers, while the outer ones yield a coarse rope, which is strong and durable and little injured by water.
The rope is said to become stronger for a time from being frequently wetted, and if constantly exposed to moisture it seldom lasts more than eighteen months.
  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
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
TRN289 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 10 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
TPF217 Hawaiian Woodrose ( Merremia tuberosa )
A very interesting vine with deep cut 5-7 lobed foliage that can easily be grown inside in zones 9 and above. The yellow flowers are followed by woody pod fruits that when opened, resemble a wooden rose. A fast growing vine that can grow up to a foot a day. Excellent cover plant for hiding eyesores, walls, fences, etc.
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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
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
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
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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 )
Banyan is a common home and office houseplant, but in the wild it's a giant tree of Indian jungles. Banyan starts out life as an epiphyte growing on another tree where some fig-eating bird deposited a seed. As it grows, banyan produces aerial roots that hang down from horizontal branches and take root where they touch the ground. These vertical "prop roots" can create a forest on their own.
Banyan can get 100' tall and, with its massive limbs supported by prop roots, spread over an area of several acres. A famous banyan tree near Poona, India, is said to measure a half mile around its perimeter and be capable of sheltering 2000 people. The large (5-10"), leathery leaves are like those of another home grown fig, the rubber plant (Ficus elastica), except that banyan's start out bronzy brown and hairy before maturing to glossy green and retaining just a scattering of hairs.
They often have prominently marked veins. The figs are scarlet red, about a half-inch in diameter, and reportedly not particularly tasty.
Thin roots emerge from the banyan tree branches and hang like strings as they grow toward the ground. Once they're rooted in the earth these aerial roots thicken into trunklike structures able to support the weight of the wide-ranging branches.

The banyan tree, Ficus benghalensis, is native to India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It is often planted around temples and is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. Banyan tree is widely cultivated in city parks and botanical gardens throughout the New World and Old World tropics.

Of course there is no such thing as a "houseplant." All plants grow outdoors, but some can be made to survive, even thrive, indoors. The banyan tree is one plant that can remain indoors all year long. Repot every 2-3 years, but like the rubber plant, banyan is best kept a little on the pot-bound side. The shoot tips can be pinched back to promote branching.
Light: As a houseplant, banyan should be positioned in an area where it gets half shade or moderately bright light. It does not need the bright light so often demanded of plants grown indoors. Outdoors, grow in half sun to partial shade.
A banyan tree makes a fine specimen and shade tree if you have your own tropical botanical garden and a few acres to spare. Otherwise, grow this evergreen rubber plant look-alike in a container in the house. In India, the edible leaves are used as plates.
Moisture: Outside established banyan trees are drought tolerant. As a houseplant, banyan likes a soil that is well drained but kept moderately moist. Allow soil to dry almost completely, then saturate. Underwatering and overwatering can cause leaves to yellow and drop. Hardiness: USDA Zones 10 - 12. Banyan is damaged by frost but will recover from brief periods of freezing weather. Houseplants should be kept at 70-80 F in the summer and above 55 F in winter.

  50mg Package ( about 50 or more seeds, seeds are attached to tiny pieces of shell that are shipped in seed packet ) $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 wonderful lawn tree that can be grown almost anywhere as it will tolerate extreme temperature ranges from -10 to 110 degrees°F.
Large clusters of fragrant violet flowers in some seasons plus large exotic leaves. Amazing growth rate, a single shoot will often reach up to 8ft in a season.
The wood is easy to work with and suitable for the manufacture of furniture, plywood, moldings, doors and many other uses. The flowers are colorful and beautiful in spring and the trees are green and shady in summer.
Paulownia Trees are drought resistant once established. Their roots tend to go deep into the ground in search of water, rather than on the surface. This makes planting around the tree easy and makes it friendlier to nearby walkways or fixtures.
  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.
 5 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
TRN475 Tuba Root, Rotenone ( Derris elliptica )
A twining climber that can become an enormous liana. Bright red flowers on terminal racemes with paired oval leaflets to 6". Also called "Fish poison plant". Cultivated now almost exclusively for the commercial value of the resinous substance called Rotenone. Tropical.
  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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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.
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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.
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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.
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