This is our selection of plants that can stand some cold. Some will only resist to cool weather and light frost, but some others will take hard frost in colder climates. They are all very different but they deserve to be tried because all these tropical-looking plants have non tropical requirements. They will surely thrive outdoors in coastal Mediterranean climates or in a mildly heated greenhouse where frost does not occur.
Litchi chinensis cv. Seuy Tong
This white honeysuckle is a classic of all times. It is a fast growing, robust vine with sweet smelling white flowers. Thesea are developed in pairs and turn cream coloured as they age. It can be kept low as a shrub. It is also used medicinally, both by modern science and by traditional Chinese medicine.
"Osage orange" is a deciduous tree from North America, producing unusual, large green fruits. These are unedible yet very exotic-looking and ornamental and resemble the fruits of the breadfruit tree.
The size of this plant is: about 4 years old. 2-3 cm base, leaves about 40-60 cm tall. Mid-sized Macrozamia from a few locations by the coast in Central Queensland, close to "Mount Perry". Elegant arching glossy leaves.
This is an extraordinary ornamental plant! Mangaves are intergeneric hybrids between Manfreda and Agave. Espresso is a variegated selection obtained from the already beautiful Mangave 'Macho Mocha'. It has a showy spineless rosette with blue leaves, spotted in burgundy, with white spotted margins.
Too beautiful to be true: this blue leaved plant is spineless and loaded with exotic purple spots. It is an excellent natural hybrid between intergeneric hybrid between Manfreda variegata and Agave celsii. Potted plants will stay below 1 m in diameter but field-grown plants can attain almost 2 m ! It is really hardy to frost: it stood -13 C in North...
Tall 16x30 cm pot - Gomera is a traditional Canarian strain of vigorous mango trees, producing rounded yellow fruits of small-medium size, with excellent flavour. This mango is hardier than most mango cultivars to drought and cold.
Dwarf mango tree with huge purple-green juicy fruits of about 1 kg each. One of the most colourful of all. Bears late in season. Not really cold hardy, but being "dwarf" it can be easily protected in winter, grown in a greenhouse or trained on a wall.
Fruits of Mango "Lippens" are medium sized but short in length. The skin is yellow-pink and the yellow flesh is soft with low presence of fibres. Ripens in mid season. The tree is small-sized and is recommended for cooler locations.
Osteen is an average sized tree, very good in Mediterranean climates and so it is the leading mango cultivar in commercial orchards of Southern Spain. Purple skinned fruit, typically with a blue wax. Yellow, fibre-less flesh, small seed. Weight is 300-700
Versatile shrub or small tree, with grey-green dende foliage and spectacular crimson pincushion flowers in spring and summer. It takes short frosts to about -5 C, drought, and harsh coastal conditions. This plant was selected in New Zealand from a plant wild-collected in Rarotonga, Polynesia and it was initially spread as Metrosideros thomasii.
This species rocks! It is a creeping plant, with sensitive leaves that respond to touch, heat or wind. When you touch the leaves they quickly close for a few minutes. It is from tropical America and it loves a lot of sun and heat.
This is a much shorter clone of the famous banana named Orinoco, Topocho or Bluggoe. Tolerant of wind, drought and cold. Fruits are very different from the common bananas from the supermarket, triangular or square in section - they can be eaten cooked or raw!
This is the famous banana named Orinoco, Topocho or Bluggoe. Tolerant of wind, drought and cold. Fruits are very different from the common bananas from the supermarket.
Dwarf banana with small sweet fruits, similar to the "apple banana". It is native to the cool Punjabi Himalayas, and it easier and faster than most other types of bananas. It can grow from pup to fruit in much less than one year, so it does well in non-tropical countries with a short growing season.
This is a wild banana with seed, the hardiest ancestor of most edible bananas. It is hardier to cold, wind and drought than most bananas. Fruits are edible but they are starchy and full of seeds. Fibres are strong and useful.
Myrtus communis is the most classic Mediterranean Myrtle. Tarentina is the short leaved, compact form. It is a tough Mediterranean plant producing remarkable scents, both in leaves and flowers. It is easy to grow, also in pots.
One of the smallest and finest mesembs. Neohenricia resembles a miniature titanopsis with the typical warty leaf tips, but it creeps in sand and forms a carpet.
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