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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

{Our Pinckneya Pubens - Poinsettia Tree}

In our garden we do have this special pink-blooming tree: Pinckneya


Scientific name (Pinckneya pubens)

Common name - Fever tree; Poinsettia tree 

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Pinckneya is a small deciduous tree native to the coastal plains of the southeastern United States. It is notable for the very showy blossoms borne on the tips of the branches in late spring. Their color is usually pink, but the possible shades range from creamy-white to rose-red. The blossoms occur in large clusters, and a tree in full bloom is a spectacular sight.
Actually the petals of the individual blossoms are small and inconspicuous. The size and color of the bloom comes from the sepals, which can expand to several inches. Because these sepals retain their color for an extended period before fading, the show lasts for several weeks.
This is a plant of the deep south, and it can't be grown in the north except in a greenhouse. Even in the south It isn't common, either in gardens or in the wild. Its native habitat is wet acidic soils on the margins of bays, swamps, and streams, often in the light shade of scattered pine trees. Cultivated plants can grow on drier sites, but may need special attention during droughts. Root rot can be a problem, especially on poorly-drained clay soils.
But in the right conditions the species can grow fairly fast and begin blooming at a young age. It needs a moist acidic soil with good drainage, and does best in light shade. Wild specimens often spread by producing root suckers, and cultivated plants usually have multiple trunks.
A Pinckneya grows rather tall, it was hard to capture its blossoms on camera...
Pinckneya can be grown somewhat north of its native range, in the warmer parts of Zone 7. It can be killed to the ground if the temperature drops below zero (F), but will usually resprout from the roots.
Most blossoms were way up high where we could not reach them!
The scientific name of this species has been changed from Pinckneya bracteata to Pinckneya pubens. An old common name is Fever-bark Tree, and the bitter bark of the plant was formerly used as a home remedy for reducing fever. The species is related to the Cinchona Tree (Cinchona ledgerina) of South America, the original source of quinine.
Trees in our garden are rather tall and also this Pinkneya has its blossoms all the way up in the air. But at least we got you some pictures. Pieter held a branch down for me to catch on camera.

9 comments:

  1. Hello Mariette,
    your garden ist like a botanical park with so many exotic flowers. I love that you know all the names and give us those special informations. Thank you for sharing this garden beauty.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  2. Amazing garden and photos Mariette!
    Have a nice day,kisses:)

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  3. Hello Mariette

    This tree I didn't know, it would be lovely to walk in your garden. You must have work to do in it, isn't it?

    Have a nice day,

    greetings Janny

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  4. Hoi Mariette,

    Jullie hebben in Georgia toch weer andere planten en bomen in jullie tuin dan wij hier in Holland. Dit is ook weer een prachtig exemplaar!

    Lieve groetjes van Madelief x

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  5. I have a thing for trees, sweet Mariette. Your garden is beautiful and big!
    Have a lovely midweek, happy gardening. I hope Miss Spring is kind to you o xx o

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  6. Dearest Mariette!

    Your garden must be so beautiful! All those big trees ~ all those colorful flowers ~ so many things to look at, smell and enjoy every day! How wonderful!

    xo Catherine

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  7. Wow, another lovely flower!!!
    Yes, you are specialist and vast knowledge about botany.

    Well, I happened to stop by Ms."maría cecilia"'s blog and knew about Anita. I am SO proud of you and your husband, of course Anita as well. She overcame with her hardship and studious girl.
    God Bless for her future!!!

    And thank you SO much for the explanation for me in your comment. Right, "Starch" isn't it, haha. I thought they use or treat rice like vegetable.
    Well, you always amase me with your intelligence. I truly admire you, thank you.

    Love and hugs xoxo Orchid.

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  8. What a beautiful and unique flower this tree has. Thanks for the info on it. I really enjoy reading your garden posts. I learn so much.

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  9. That was very educational - I never hard of such a tree before. Your backyard looks so green and lush and I love that...

    Schoenes Wochenende und Happy Memorial Day!

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