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Rondeletia leucophylla

 
Rondeletia leucophylla
Panama rose; bush penta
Common name Panama rose; bush penta
Family rubiaceae
Life cycle tender shrub (Z9-11)
Flowers red-pink
Size to 15'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well drained soil

Evergreen plant native to Mexico. Its rose-red flowers are sweetly fragrant, especially in the evening. Flowers appear mostly on short days, in winter and early spring. Although it may grow as high as 15 feet in its tropical habitat, it won't reach that height in our zone 8 garden, where it is likely to be killed or suffer severe setback in the bit of freezing weather we're likely to encounter in winter. In any case, Panama rose may be pruned to maintain a suitable landscape size, typically 3-5 ft – pruning is best done in late spring, after flowering. It can be cut back by as much as two thirds.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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