Florida Yellow Ixora Shrubs Will Put You in Sunny Heaven
Florida yellow ixora shrubs are just as dazzling as their orange, red and pink siblings. So why don’t we see more of them?
Could be their availability. Many nurseries stock the more popular red/orange shades because they’re grown more and are easier to get. Or maybe it’s because the yellows are less hardy. After all, they DO prefer shade in the afternoon after a morning exposed to full Florida sun. But that shouldn’t be a deal breaker.
So let’s be truthful. More often than not, yellow ixoras aren’t even thought of as a choice. Which is too bad. Because once you establish them in your landscape, you’ll be in sunny heaven.
A party in your own landscape
Yellow ixoras bloom year round and are easily maintained at three to four feet. Nestled inside dark green foliage, round flower clusters pop out one after the other. Butterflies flutter in. Hummingbirds hover. Neighbors stop to admire. You suddenly have a party in your very own Florida landscape.
These tropical evergreen shrubs also don’t ask for much. They just want to be planted in well-drained, acidic soil and fed twice a year with a well-balanced fertilizer. What will they be when they grow up? Well, they could become a hedge. A brilliant border. Or a group of foundation plantings in a partially shaded corner of your yard. Once established, your Florida yellow ixora shrubs will tolerate a moderate amount of drought with medium water needs.
Do them a favor, though. Don’t go crazy with the pruning shears. You’ll reduce their flower display if you do. And please don’t think of slicing through their flowers and leaves to create a square hedge. Just. Don’t. Go. There. Ever.
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