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PlantFiles: Samoan Gardenia
Tabernaemontana africana

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tabernaemontana (tab-er-nay-MON-tah-nuh) (Info)
Species: africana (af-ri-KAHN-uh) (Info)

One member has or wants this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pineappel On Aug 11, 2011, pineappel from Broadview Park, FL wrote:

I am OBSESSED with this rare and hard to find plant. Just put my first in the ground and hope to use it to propagate several more. The aroma the blooms emit is as unique as it is strong--smells like gardenia that was sprinkled with cinnamon and clove. Should get roughly 6-8" tall over several years.


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

Boca Raton, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Ainaloa, Hawaii

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