Chinese Ixora
Ixora chinensis

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Ixora (iks-OR-uh) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Rose/Mauve

Red

Coral/Apricot

Orange

Red-Orange

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Daytona Beach, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Odessa, Florida

Oviedo, Florida

Houston, Texas

Port Lavaca, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
2
neutrals
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RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 18, 2007, Jode from Rowlett, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

The Chinese Ixora is another one of my absolute favorites. A very hardy plant. The vibrance of the red(ish) bloom is setoff perfectly by the darker green mini leaves. Cuttings take off like little soldiers! Waiting anxiously to collect the seeds.

Neutral

On Aug 25, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This dwarf Ixora is a sub-tropical broad leaf evergreen which is nativeto India and Central America. It produces clusters of scarlet redflowers with a blooming season from May to September.

Neutral

On Dec 29, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Ixora chinensis and I. coccinea are often confused even by nurseries. I recently read a thesis about Ixoras, and the author pointed the differences between these two largelly used species:

Both have mainly red to yellow flowers, with tubes never longer than 5cm and very small sepals.

-I. chinensis: cuneated leaf base, round petals.
-I. coccinea: heart shaped leaf base, pointy petals.

There are so many varieties that its hard to distinguish both species by the petals shape, and even to differ them from other species by the flower color. But the shape of the base of the leaf is constant, and can be safely used to distinguish I. chinensis from the more popular I. coccinea.