Florida ixoras brighten up HOA landscapes throughout Sarasota County like no other shrub. Planted in mass, they invite admiring glances for their jam-packed flower clusters that look like they came straight out of a glossy magazine. No wonder they remain a perennial favorite of homeowner associations. They’re fresh, fancy and add a frenzy of color to even the most sedate neighborhood community.
A Dream of a Shrub to Maintain
Let’s talk about their hardiness first. These dependable, nearly year-round bloomers are super easy to maintain. They’re moderately drought and salt tolerant, although you don’t want to plant them north of Zone B unless they’re in containers that can be moved indoors when temperatures drop. Ixoras don’t mind partial shade but produce more clusters when the sun’s shining down on their dark, leathery leaves. They’re a dream of shrub for landscape maintenance companies who have little to do other than provide occasional prunings.
Bold Vibrant Colors
But like we said, what really draws HOAs to Florida ixoras is the range of vibrant colors available — red, orange, pink, yellow and even white. Two of ArtisTree Landscape’s orange-y favorites are Maui and Prince of Orange, but all colors fit in just fine with either informal or manicured landscapes. Smaller varieties reach 4-6 feet; larger ones left unpruned can grow up to 15 feet tall.
Best as Borders and Hedges
Where to plant? Larger ixoras can be planted as single specimen; however, most communities prefer small-size varieties planted as borders. You’ll also see a fair amount of medium varieties planted as head-turning hedges. From the street, their flower clusters look like compact snowballs drenched in color. No way can you drive by without noticing them.
Easy care with a punchy attitude, ixora is something you’ll want more of. Contact your local landscape provider, or better yet, if you live in Sarasota, Manatee or Charlotte counties, call ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design and ask for Jenni Lassen. She’ll be happy to set up a meeting with one of ArtisTree’s award-winning designers. Is your HOA looking for community-wide maintenance service? Contact Mike Casper to get your custom proposal started.