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Ixora

Ixora species, hybrids and cultivars

Family: Rubiaceae


Flowering tropical shrubs. Flower colours include whites, yellows, oranges, reds and pinks. There are a multitude of cultivars available which come and go from nurseries, although you're likely to find some of the most common landscaping types available.

Ixoras will grow well in subtropical South East Queensland, although its common to see plants in poor condition in home gardens. Avoid the hottest and driest positions.

A number of dwarf (to about one metre) ixoras are sold under the names "dwarf orange", "dwarf yellow", 'Compacta' (orange/red), Gold Compacta (yellow) , 'Coral Fire' 'Gold Fire'. Some of these may be different names for the same cultivar. These are relatively hardy and are increasingly seen in public and commercial landscapes where they don't get much care.

'Pink Malay' has bright pink flowers and is a larger and less compact variety. 'Prince of Orange' has an especially upright habit and bright orange flowers. 'Sheena' has apricot coloured flowers. 'Super King' has large red heads.

In general, ixoras are not fast growing which can be an advantage from a maintenance perspective. True miniature varieties could be tried if found for sale, but they seem to be fussier about conditions.


Designing with ixoras

Tropical gardens: Dramatic flowers and hot colours are great for providing flower colour in tropical gardens
Other Styles: Ixoras would also work also work in a traditional-style mixed shrub border.



Where to buy Ixora in Qld

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You should also be able to find some Ixora plants for sale in most garden centres in the tropical and subtropical parts of Qld.



Ixoras in the Landscape

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Ixora Prince Of Orange


More Online Information

The following are for general information, research and ideas. Some species or cultivars referred to in international publications may be unavailable in Australia
Prince Of Orange (Ixora chinensis Prince of Orange) At "Grow Me Instead" (an Australian website informing gardeners about safer alternatives to invasive ornamentals)
Ixora chinensis 'Prince of Orange' The Florez Nursery blog, NSW
Ixora coccinea University of Florida, USA (PDF)
Ixora for South Florida University of Florida
Ixora coccinea - Jungle Geranium Cal's Plant of the Week, University of Oklahoma
Ixora in your landscape Charlotte County UF/IFAS Extension Service, Florida (Word Doc)
Make Room On Patios For Ixora And Croton Mississippi State University
Visual Symptoms of Plant Nutrient Deficiencies in Nursery and Landscape Plants Picture of iron deficiency in Ixora. University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Manganese Deficiency in Ixora (Ixora coccinea) A photograhic illustration. University of Florida NutDef Plant Nutrient Deficiency Database
Manganese Deficiency in Ixora (Ixora coccinea) Another photograhic. University of Florida NutDef Plant Nutrient Deficiency Database
Green coffee scale (hosts include ixora) Queensland Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries (via Internet Archive's Wayback Machine)
Grafting Dwarf Ixora Standards Article abstract, Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society Vol. 47
Ixora species, gorgeously colorful! Some general information plus pictures of some ixora cultivars at John&Jacq~s Garden blog, Malaysia
Garden surprises in June 2009 including Ixora coccinea 'Dwarf Red', John&Jacq~s Garden, Malaysia
Ixora pink (Ixora coccinea) Flowers of India
Ixora red (Ixora coccinea) Flowers of India
Ixora yellow (Ixora coccinea) Flowers of India
Rosy Ixora (Ixora elongata) Flowers of India
Small Flowered Ixora (Ixora pavetta) Flowers of India
Gorbale (Ixora brachiata) Flowers of India
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