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Mussaenda erythrophylla

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Mussaenda (mew-say-EN-duh) (Info)
Species: erythrophylla (er-ith-roh-FIL-uh) (Info)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly

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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral harryhomily On Oct 8, 2009, harryhomily from Saint Louis, MO wrote:

I have attempted to winter over the plant in a pot. It does not look too good: limp leaves, brown spots. It just may be too dry or reacting to bug spray... any suggestions?


Positive lauraroxie On Jan 4, 2008, lauraroxie from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

9B grower and I hope this plant is deciduous! A minor freeze in St. Petersburg, Fl, probably only to 32 possibly to 30 degrees, has taken all the leaves from my young plant and my neighbor's 12 foot specimen. Hope to see this return to its glory in the spring as it has been a favorite of mine.
Update: this one died for me. My neighbors large tree returned after 6 months.

I love this plant so much i bought a new white one though :D

Positive Underdawg On Oct 24, 2006, Underdawg from Pompano Beach, FL wrote:

I have the pink kind, it is a show stopper. SO gorgeous!
The only prob is that any type of high wind the tree just bends over, like it is giving up. The first time it bent over, it sort of came back. The second time, it just died.
I love to make love to my wife under it!

Positive ritaxx On Jul 29, 2005, ritaxx from Pompano Beach, FL wrote:



Neutral udigg On Oct 20, 2003, udigg from PH
Israel (Zone 10b) wrote:

The flowers of Mussaenda are actually inconspicuous. What is colorful are oversized sepals.

Positive jacobsons On Sep 24, 2003, jacobsons wrote:

Grows spectacularly in the Philippines with some as tall as 12-15 feet. The white one is originally known as 'Dona Aurora' and the peach/pink one 'Dona Luz'. Both cultivars were were named after former Philippine First Ladies. I have the peach variety in my front yard and each time it blooms, it is literally a traffic stopper.

Positive Monocromatico On Apr 27, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

There is a great range of colors for Mussaendas, from white to red, along with cream/orange-white/pink variations. Red Mussaendas are largely used in cities in Amazon as Christmas plants, since it blooms around November/December there, showing up red bracts mixed with the green foliage (Santas favorite colors?)

Positive Dinu On Jul 22, 2002, Dinu from Mysore
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

One of the best accent plants.


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

Clearwater Beach, Florida
Debary, Florida
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Miami, Florida (2 reports)
Naples, Florida
Ocoee, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Safety Harbor, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida (2 reports)
Sarasota, Florida
Vieques, Puerto Rico

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