There are a number of different species of Ixora, and quite a few cultivated varieties of some species. The pink Ixora is named ‘Nora Grant’ and the orange-red one with rounded petal tips and a compact, globose inflorescence is called ‘Maui’. One can find them in just about any color except for blue or violet, and most of them bloom throughout the year in a tropical climate.
All Ixoras are broadleaf-evergreen plants, and they range in size from dwarf shrubs less than a foot tall, to small trees up to 25 feet in height. Some of them are very fragrant in flower, while others have no detectable fragrance at all. All of these factors make group very popular choice for landscape plantings. Most of them do best in acid soils; if grown on coral-derived soils they often develop iron deficiency—typical in South Florida. They also produce the most flowers when grown in full sun, although the plants will tolerate partially shaded conditions while producing fewer flowers. Local children sometimes pick individual flowers off the plant and suck sweet nectar from the base of the flower, hence it is sometimes called “honeysuckle” in this area.
Sometimes scale insects attack the plants, but otherwise they require little maintenance, other than some minor pruning.
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