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Ixora coccinea

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Ixora (iks-OR-uh) (Info)
Species: coccinea (kok-SIN-ee-uh) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

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


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings

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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jasonc On Mar 31, 2005, jasonc from Parrish, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Great plant for landscapes in Florida. Many landscapers use it around here, that is for sure. Our new house came with a few of ixoras in the front so I bought more at a local store to put around the pool patio - these were yellow not the red or coral looking ixoras. I've never seen plants do that bad at all down here. No real diseases - at least in our area - and they seem really hardy to me...

Neutral Monocromatico On Apr 24, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

I preffer scented flowers, or blue/yellow ones. Although therere some species of Ixora (and some varieties of I. coccinea) with greatly perfumed flowers and with a wide range of colors, I somehow dislike them a bit. And they are very vulnerable to plagues (insects), and they may become the center of a devastating infestation in a garden

Positive Chamma On Dec 16, 2002, Chamma from Tennille, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Ixora grows wonderfully in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (zone 11) It survives very humid weather. If planted in full sun, the leaves turn yellow. It does well in semi-shade. It likes rich moist acidic soil. Ixora is used as hedges around commercial properties.

Neutral justmeLisa On May 26, 2001, justmeLisa from Brewers, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Large group of tropical evergreen shrubs with handsome foliage and showy clusters of flowers. Plants tolerate of salt air.Ixora's like fertile, well drained soil. Can become chlorotic in alkaline soil. Whirled leaves are glossy and leathery. Flowers are 2 in. long and appear in large, dense clusters at branch tips through out warm months of the year. Prefers rich, somewhat acid soil, well amended with organic materials. Dies back in light freezes in the south but recovers nicely.


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

Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Lake Wales, Florida
Miccosukee Cpo, Florida
Naples, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Parrish, Florida
Hana, Hawaii
New Orleans, Louisiana
Austin, Texas
Haltom City, Texas
Harlingen, Texas

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