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Fever Tree Pinckneya pubens

Previously known as:

  • Pinckneya bracteata
Phonetic Spelling
PINK-nee-ya brak-tee-AY-tuh
Description

Fever tree is a short-lived shrubby habit perennial shrub or small tree.  It has large, coarse rich-green leaves that are concentrated at the ends of its branches.  It performs best if it receives several hours of direct sun.  

This tree is native to South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.  It needs a cool moist root zone which can be achieved with a layer of mulch.

The sepals (petal supports) will become petal in nature and do resemble poinsettias, making a beautiful display.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Larry's Party
Larry's Party
Tags:
#deciduous#showy#tree#interesting leaves#native garden#long bloom time
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Larry's Party
Larry's Party
Tags:
#deciduous#showy#tree#interesting leaves#native garden#long bloom time
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pinckneya
    Species:
    pubens
    Family:
    Rubiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Leaf Cutting
    Seed
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
    Open
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    1" brown fruit
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Pink
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Tiny greenish flowers with long lasting 2" salmon pink poinsettia like sepals
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Rich green leaves, no significant fall color
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Usually multistemmed
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden