I know some of you have been waiting since last season ended. The wait is finally over. The jackfruit is back, and we have a beautiful fruit this year.
If you aren’t familiar with jackfruit, this is a tropical treasure. It has a unique flavor somewhere between banana and pineapple mixed with other tropical notes of flavor. The spiny fruits are spectacular in size and can get upwards of 70 pounds.
For a really unique experience, come by Richard Lyons Nursery in Miami today and buy some jackfruit for a taste of this Asian treasure.
Just a little blurb about a tree that until today, I was not aware was in Richard Lyons Nursery’s inventory. When I was looking for a tree for a customer, I noticed clusters of red berries on a couple of small trees. Upon closer scrutiny, I discovered two Dahoon Holly trees (Ilex cassine) in 7 gallon containers. This native holly, virtually occurs statewide with the exception of the Florida Keys. It grows in wet shady sites and is moderately salt tolerant. This tree can reach 20-30 feet with an 8-12 foot spread, but usually is much smaller as a landscape tree. The bright red holly berries are quite conspicuous, ripening in fall and persisting throughout the winter.
With the amount of berries present on these 2 trees in the nursery, we will be planting them, so Richard Lyons Nursery can have small plants to select from in the near future.
Two new groundcover plants to try at Richard Lyons Nursery. The first is a native in the Aster Family (Asteraceae), Florida Cinchweed (Pectis linearifolia). It has very delicate foliage and tiny yellow flowers. It is a fast grower and can tolerate partial shade. The second plant, Spanish Shawl (Heterocentron elegans) is related to Tibouchina, and when you see the flower, it is quite apparent. While this plant is not a native, it is a low growing free flowering groundcover in the Melastome Family (Melastomaceae). Another fast grower, and a very attractive plant for a hanging basket.
Skyblue Clustervine (Jacquemontia pentanthos) is a native to South Florida occurring in Collier, Monroe, Dade, and Broward counties. It is a member of the Morning Glory Family (Convolvulaceae). It is a perennial woody vine with very tiny leaves and flowers. While the flowers are small, they are bright blue with white centers, born in abundance year round contrasting against the dark green foliage making them very conspicuous. The flowers are an excellent pollen and nectar source for honey bees and skipper butterflies.
Richard Lyons Nursery currently has this vine in stock.
Vitex agnus-castus (Lilac Chaste Tree or Shrub) is native to the Mediterranean and Central Asia, but grows very well in South Florida. The leaves resemble maple leaves and the flowers resemble lilacs and are even fragrant like lilac flowers. Some may consider it a tree, and it can be grown as a single trunk, but it tends to grow as a large shrub if left to do so. It can attain a height of 10-15 feet tall. Even in South Florida, this shrub is mostly deciduous during the winter months. If your planting a fragrant garden, you should consider this plant.
Richard Lyons Nursery currently has this plant in stock.
Two common names, one Thailand Powderpuff and the other Pink Powderpuff, and thus the confusion with common names. These two plants are not related at all and come from opposite ends of the world. Thailand Powderpuff doesn’t even come from Thailand, but rather from tropical Africa. Pink Powderpuff comes from South America. Botanical names are very distinctive and leave no confusion. So, Thailand Powderpuff (Combretum constrictum) is in the Combretaceae Family and Pink Powderpuff (Calliandra surinamensis) is in the Fabaceae Family. Two things they do both have in common is that they both thrive in South Florida, and they bloom year round. Although they are considered shrubs, they both get a substantial trunk and can reach 10-15 feet in height.
Richard Lyons Nursery currently has these plants in stock.