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Plumbago And Allamanda - Different Tropical Bushes

The Plumbago and Allamanda are two very different looking subtropical and tropical shrubs. They each represent their own beauty and distinct characteristics. Many gardens would be ideal for both of these tropical plants.

In the tropics section there are other plants that would add beauty with these two plants in your tropical landscape. Herbee wanted to share a couple of photos and brief descriptions of these two beautiful tropical specimens.

Plumbago Shrub

Full Plumbago Plant
Small Plumbago Flowers

The Plumbago is native to South Africa. It also can be found in many Caribbean, Central and South American countries. It will grow well in zones 9B - 11 in the United States. This plant is considered an evergreen and does well in full sun to partial shade. It is drought tolerant once it is established.

The flowers are delicate and small in size. They come in a soft shade of white and blue. There are small clusters of flowers, and this shrub reminds me somewhat of a Little Princess Spirea, which grows in zones three through nine. The Plumbago's flowers are noted for their nectar and attracting butterflies.

The shrub can adapt to almost any type of soil. It is a medium grower and will mature five to seven feet high and five to seven feet wide. This plant specimen looks great along a foundation, in containers, mass planting, along a bank and as a hedge. It's a great shrub in any tropical garden.

Allamanda Bush

Yellow Allamanda Beauty
Yellow Allamanda Flower

The Allamanda is a flowing tropical plant that can mature up to fifteen feet tall. Is is native to Tropical America, especially Brazil, but will also grow in other warm climates. Herbee noticed the Allamanda immediately on past trips to the Thomas Edison Winter Estate in Fort Myers, Florida.

The vibrant yellow flowers stood out around the surrounding plants. At first glance, this gorgeous flower reminds me of the Carolina Jasmine. The Jasmine is a native flower of South Carolina. Read more below on the Jasmine. Although the Allamanda has a larger flower, the shape and smooth texture of the flowers resemble each other.


Question From One Of Our Readers

We recently had a freeze about 20 - 30 degrees, and it looks like my yellow Allamanda vine has died. We pruned it back to nothing, but I do not see any green on the vines. It lost all of its leaves but has done that in the cold in the past. Should I see green in the vines and will it come back after freezing?

Hi Robin, Herbee here.
Thank you for asking the question on your Allamanda vine. The Allamanda is such a beautiful plant. It is also very frost sensitive. If your Allamanda plant is established there should be new growth in the spring. Even though you did prune the Allamanda, if the roots are established, I do think you have a good chance of seeing new growth when the night time temperatures stay warm.

One tip for you for the future: with the Allamanda, cover it to protect from a frost or freeze. Also, I usually don't recommend pruning after a frost or freeze as it can damage the plant. I hope this information helps.


Allamanda Print - Bring Beautiful Nature Inside

Allamanda Photo

Allamanda Print Bring Nature Inside!

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The Allamanda is temperamental to frost temperatures and should be protected when the temperature dips to 30 degrees Fahrenheit or around -1 degree Celsius.

This plant can take full sun or partial shade and will thrive if the soil is well drained. One of the advantages of growing this shrub is it can be pruned to keep its natural form, or can be trained on a trellis or decorative wall.

Consider tropical ornaments in a couple of places throughout your garden. A bird bath and bird feeder will give balance throughout the garden or landscape. The Allamanda is great to put on a trellis behind a bench or in front of evergreen trees or shrubs.

A stunning look to a garden is a combination of solid and variegated trees or shrubs acting as a privacy backdrop. In front of the backdrop, plant either a mass planting of each specimen or alternate each one of them. This creates such a colorful garden.

Both the Plumbago and Allamanda look great with different outside features.


Other Articles You Might Be Interested In.

Jasmine --- Plumbago and the Allamanda Accent Outdoor Features

Check Out These Evergreen Plants --- More Tropical Trees, Shrubs, And Flowers



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