Thomas tree Origin Native to Madagascar. In the past the origin of this species was unknown, and it has erroneously been described as originating from south-eastern Asia e. Myanmar and tropical South America. Cultivation This species is commonly cultivated as a garden and street tree in the tropical regions of Australia.
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In Balboa Park, we have seen the common pink flower form and a solid white form as well. All forms have beautiful flowers! It has not taken over my garden.
Flowers are deep raspberry-pink. The tree provides wonderful, lacy shade, and hummingbirds love it. Many of these are used in jewelry. I could not have a garden without an orchid tree. I live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. However, I have one growing in a tiny container which is about 15 years old and about a foot and a half high. This plant seems indestructible but is a delightful bonsai tree. I trim the roots about every 5 years or so.
Positive On Sep 24, , LaurainHawaii from Hilo, HI Zone 11 wrote: I know that the net says that they do not transplant well, but I just transplanted one 12 feet high that had been growing in a 15 gal pot for years and had rooted through the drain holes.
The drain hole roots broke off so when I moved it, so when I put it in the ground it had very few roots at all. It was of just one, light lavender shade rather than the red-streaked variety I see these days. I pruned it back about half-way after it was finished blooming, causing thicker growth and much better blooms the next year and preventing the straggly growth that it seems to have otherwise--note the street-tree use of them in SoCal: If they are not pruned as I say, they are not as attractive.
We put it in the yard where there was plenty of room. It grew quick, it would send up shoots from the ground that we kept trimmed. The following yr we got a freeze and it died back. In the spring it sent up a bunch of shoots that grew long and quick. We tried to keep it trimmed more like a tree because it was just getting out of hand. That winter it froze before it bloomed and we cut it back again. We tried to dig it up because mowing around this mound was impossible but the roots made that impossible.
It took about yr for that area to We still have them all over the yard. They are like a weed in that they will get out of control and once they start to grow along your foundation or other places they are hard to get rid of.
We found that only by spraying round up can you get rid of it and even then I have had some come back up. Yes they are beautiful. Neutral On Oct 8, , mitzi56 from Dunnellon, FL wrote: i was given this tree around a year ago, but i live in zone 9b to 10 so it had died back one year so i cut it down to almost ground level and its come back, now im awaiting to see if it blooms.
It is a shrub or small tree, native of Asia Burma , that has been planted and has escaped or naturalized itself throughout the West Indies from Cuba and Jamaica to Barbados and Trinidad. It has been planted as an ornamental in Puerto Rico, but can be found naturalized in thickets, along roadsides as well as river banks in the coastal, limestone and lower mountain regions. After being cultivated in southern Florida and deep south Texas, it is a naturalized plant in these states as well.
The 4 to 6 inches across leaves are cleft almost to the middle which gives them the shape of a hoof print. In April through July, the blooms appear in terminal racemes. The blooms, which look like orchids, start out a pale yellow, but turn to pink the next day and the center petal is streaked with magenta. The seed are enclosed in pea-like pods which are between 6 inches and 1 foot long. Although not usually necessary, they can be pruned after flowering.
Pink orchid trees sometimes suffer from chlorosis and may be treated with iron chelate.
Weeds of Australia - Biosecurity Queensland Edition Fact Sheet