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Philodendron x evansii

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Philodendron (fil-oh-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: x evansii

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BayAreaTropics On Oct 3, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I saw one near by that had 4-5 foot ruffled leaves on a trunk five foot tall (a full sun beauty) and another in Oakland that was close to two stories tall. With leaves a bit smaller than 4 foot. It had more selloum in it.They seem to have a lot of varialbility. A cutting i took from that second one seemed more fussy than plain old selloum,needing more water and slower growing.
Both were cut down over the years. Some non gardeners dont seem to appreciate the boldness.

Positive tiareman On Aug 4, 2005, tiareman from Melbourne Beach, FL wrote:

Philodendron x Evansii rules!

To my knowledge this plant is a cross between P. Selloum (tough serrated leaves, self-heading, takes full sun) and P. Giganteum (Round giant leaves)

The result is a philo that gets GIMUNGOUS leaves that are shiny dark green, tough, and much rounder and less serrated than selloum.

This is probably my favorite philo for the yard.. It gives an awesome tropical look!

At first I was told this Evansii couldnt take alot of sun, but I found out eventually that it really can. I would assume that all-day burning sun would bleach it out a bit, but it could possibly take that as well if you gave it enough humidity, water, food, etc.. although I've never tried it. Selloum can take that kind of abuse however, and thats why I suspect Evansii may be able to pull it off.

My plants are in mostly sun, with some shade towards the end of the day. My original plant is in my front yard and has 2 or 3 heads and it just pumps these HUGE deep green shiny leaves that look almost like elephant ears. Its so much cooler looking than everyday selloum. (thanks to its giganteum elements)

I broke off a small head about a year ago and planted it in some dappled shade out back. Its really big now, putting out 3 foot leaves, but its not done growing by any means. Evansii can put out a leaf about 4-5 feet long eventually.

I have planted little babies of it all around my yard in various light conditions and all have taken fine (I'm in zone 9b Florida)

to get Evansii to look its 100% best though, shade and wind protection is recommended, as then you won't have one wind frayed leaf, and the color will be spot on super dark green.

Glad I planted this instead of a selloum - you don't see it too often around here, although I've seen it around a bit in Southern California

Positive silverfluter On Jun 16, 2005, silverfluter from Fredericksburg, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have two split leaved philodendrons. One gets no sun at all and grows in a patio water garden. It dies down in winter and comes back full force in spring. The other one is on the south side of the house, but gets shade most of the day from trees. It is in a raised bed that is under the eaves of the house and therefore gets no rain. and since I rarely remember to water that bed, it is very dry most of the time. They both seem supremely happy.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fountain Valley, California
Hayward, California
Los Angeles, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
San Marino, California
Miami, Florida
Fredericksburg, Texas

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