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Plumeria ‘Japanese Lantern’

Canarius | 01 de diciembre de 2015 |


Plumerias are small tropical trees native to tropical America, renowned for their flowers. Their common name, Frangipani, comes from a famous perfume of the eighteenth-century. Depending on the cultivar, they can grow up to 3 to 10 m tall. Moreover, plumerias are easy to grow, regardless of the region where you live.

plumerias-canariusWild species of Plumeria are native to warm tropical areas of the Caribbean, Central America and N. South America. These are very diverse in growth habit and their flowers are always white-and-yellow. They are all deciduous and shed leaves during the cool, dry season.

On the other hand, cultivated hybrids of Plumeria rubra are found throughout the world, in warm mediterranean to tropical areas. They are recognized by the showy and very fragrant flowers called Frangipani, developed in a wide range of colours: white, yellow, pink, red, orange…

Plumeria flowers have thick, waxy petals, with a predominance of two colours (depending on the hybrid), varying from the center to the edge of the petal, as we can see in this Plumeria ‘Japanese Lantern’:


japanese-lanternPlumeria “Japanese Lantern”

It is an old, classic, great cultivar of Plumeria, with drooping flower heads. Individual flowers have narrow petals, twisted at the tip. They are pink-red, with a small, brilliant yellow center.

‘Japanese Lantern’ is one of the few plumerias that blooms almost continuously throughout the warmest months – In the Canary Islands it can flower from April to December: 8 or 9 months per year instead of the typical 4-6 months of most cultivars. Some inflorescences can also survive to winter and start producing new flowers in early Spring.

The plant is very easy to grow and bloom. It is quite upright and thin at first but very robust eventually, becoming a long lived tree. It is perfect for landscaping where dense summer shade is required.

We ship a well rooted plant, 40-80 cm tall, sometimes branched, sometimes not. Usually an adult tip-cutting that can bloom in one year or less. Plumerias are leafless in winter and spring, so depending on the season, they can be shipped with pots or bare rooted in paper or sphagnum.

In our online store, Canarius, we have an ever-increasing offer of plumerias: Bali Whirl, Palermitana, Kauka Wilder, Sally Moragne… What is your favourite one?

An uncommon Archontophoenix species from Northern Australia

Canarius | 09 de octubre de 2015 |

archontophoenix-tuckeriArchontophoenix tuckeri, known as Rocky River palm or Cape York palm, is native to Northern Australia. Even though this palm species is native to a tropical area, A. tuckeri can sometimes stand light frosts. In this sense, we can affirm that it is suited to coastal Mediterranean condition. There is a beautiful adult specimen in Sicily, Italy, that took 13 years from seed to start flowering. This palm tree grows better in fertile soils regularly and abundantly irrigated during the warmest months. It can be kept at a minumum winter temperature of 0ºC to 10ºC. Archontophoenix tuckeri has a slender solitary stem up to 20 metres tall, of about 25 cm of diameter. Likewise, the leaves are pinnate (up to about 3 m long) and silver underneath, somewhat pendulous or drooping. Although the new leaves are often in tones of pink, red or bronze. This hard-to-find palm is especially beautiful when it is blooming or when it is loaded with red fruits. Flowers of A. tuckeri are cream-white and have 13-19 stamens. Fruit are red or brick-red at maturity, about 2 cm long. In our online shop, Canarius, we offer young plants of Archontophoenix tuckeri, sown in 2013, ready for your green space. Furthermore, we should take into account that these young specimens may be used for the decoration of brigh indoor spaces. Get right now from Canarius a potted Archontophoenix tuckeri sown in 2013. Remember that we ship to anywhere (from the Canary Islands to the world).