|Fruits and Nuts
This handsome evergreen shrub is a native of the southeastern United States where it inhabits both wet flatwoods and bogs as well as dry scrub lands. Fetterbush produces showy flower clusters in the spring and it is perfect for use in natural landscapes. Click here for more on this versatile native American for Zones 7-10.
The Manila palm is a small single-stemmed tropical palm that is a poplar landscape item in South Florida. By the the holiday seasom its fruits have ripened to a festive bright red which is why this species is more often called Christmas palm.
This incredibly fragrant tropical plant was one of the first Plant Profiles we did almost 12 years ago (#28). The night blooming jessamine, as it is also called, is very tender and the top of the plant is killed by frost every winter but returns reliably from the roots. Read more on this easy to grow, sprawling vinelike plant for Zones 8-11.
I didn't grow the tender flame vine at my place in Tallahassee but I used to visit one that was near the office where I consulted in Central Florida. They are blooming now in Central Florida (where this picture was taken) and points south at this time of year so if you see a blaze of color climbing into the tree tops it is likely a flame vine.
I'm living in the Cincinnati area so I can stay with my Mom for a while. I'm having a good time photographing "northern" plants but at this time of year I get homesick for my place near Tallahassee, Florida. So in this space I'll post pics and links to profiles of plants that I miss from back home down south.
From ancient times in the Old World, people have brought evergreens inside so the gods of spring would have safe haven for the winter; and they celebrated the beginning of the return of the sun with various festivals. Early Christians adapted the pagan traditions with new stories and customs. New traditions are started and some become popular while others seem to fade away.
Continue reading at Myths and History of Mistletoe and Magnolia