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Florida Tetrazygia, West Indian Lilac

Tetrazygia bicolor

Family: Melastomataceae
Genus: Tetrazygia (tet-ruh-ZY-jee-uh) (Info)
Species: bicolor (BY-kul-ur) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Homestead, Florida

Miami, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 29, 2005, arielsadmirer from Margate, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Tetrazygia is a wonderful large shrub or small tree native to south Florida. The evergreen leaves of this 10- to 30-foot-tall plant are lanceolate in shape with 3 veins that run lengthwise and are very attractive. These 3" to 6" leaves are a dark green with a silver underside.

White to pinkish blooms, with striking yellow stamens, appear in spring and summer. The showy flowers occur in 4" long clusters at the ends of branches. Berries soon follow and ripen to a dark purple in late summer and fall. They persist on the plant and the birds are very fond of them.The fruits are edible, some say delicious.

Tetrazygia can be used as a specimen or a tall hedge or screen. The foliage presents a beautiful, drooped display of coarse texture. It fits into any landscape si... read more

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