posoqueria latifolia "belize" needle flower - Knowledgebase Question

stillwater, Ok
Question by cjdbarth
September 20, 2009
I purchased 3 posoqueria latifolia

Answer from NGA
September 20, 2009


There is a shrub that is a member of the Rubiaceae family that is commonly called
Alibertia Sp. (Rubiaceae) Belize that might be the plant in question. This fast growing small, evergreen bush grows to 3-6 feet tall. It is very compact. It comes to us from Central America. It enjoys full sun to partial shade, and acid to neutral soil. It is cold hardy to the low 30's. It produces long tubular white flowers, sometimes in clusters. Blooms from early spring to early fall, profusely at times. It blooms especially well when grown in full sun.

Posoqueria Latifolia (Rubiaceae) or Needle Flower Tree, is a small tree that grows 15 to 20 feet. It originates from Tropical America. It grows best in light shade to full sun. Ph tolerance acid to slightly basic and is cold tolerant. The flowers are white, pendant terminal clusters, and are very fragrant. it blooms during the spring and summer.

I can't supply you with pictures but if you do a web search on both, you should be able to find photos that you can compare with your new plant.

Best wishes with your garden!

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