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Florida Pindo Palms Add Instant Feathery Flair

Florida pindo palms, or “jelly palms,” are a real day brightener. First, they’ll lure you outdoors just to watch their feathery fronds ruffle in the wind. Then they’ll present you with a gift to take back inside: loads of orange-colored berries that make a delicious jelly. With their sweet banana/pineapple…

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Japanese Fern Trees Overlooked in Southwest Florida

Japanese fern trees in Florida look like they almost jumped out of a fairy tale. Close your eyes and imagine a large magnificent fern perched lollipop-style atop a slender trunk. That would be a Japanese fern tree. But don’t assume it’s a fern or Japanese in origin. It’s neither. Fern-like…

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Banana trees

Growing Florida Banana Trees as Ornamentals

Growing Florida banana trees might drive you bananas if you select a non-dwarf variety. Regular-size species can grow incredibly large, plus their root mats can reach up to five feet deep, posing problems to nearby plants. So why not choose an ornamental variety instead? Ornamental dwarf cultivars will grow only…

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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…

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