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Ixora coccinea

Ixora coccinea
flame of the woods
Ixora coccinea
I like the popping-orange-red buds at least as well as the flowers

Common name flame of the woods
Family rubiaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z9-11)
Flowers red (spring-fall)
Size 4-6'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry

Frost-tender shrub grown for its large clusters of red flowers (other colors are available in numerous cultivars) combined with substantial glossy leaves. Freezes will tend to kill the top growth, but new growth may appear from the roots in spring. We planted ours on the south side of our pond's waterfall structure, hoping the large stones will store some of the winter sun's warmth and provide a little protection against freezes – but realistically, any true zone 8 winter weather will do our ixora in. Sure enough, even though it fared rather well through some mild freezes, it was killed outright in a harsh January freeze. We like it quite a bit, and hope for a few mild winters in a row, so I decided to get a replacement – a variety named 'Maui', probably the same as our original.

flame of the woods
Ixora coccinea
So far, so good – a series of overnight frosts in December that did in many of our tropicals left the ixora mostly unscathed
flame of the woods
'Maui' starting to bloom late March
Ixora coccinea
Our butter-yellow variety
flame of the woods
Growth returning from roots in late May after the Feb '21 megafreeze

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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