ixora's red in zone8 - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by yankeefirefl
November 6, 2009
we are fairly new to this area, but had a neighbor tell us that her ixora's are doing great in this zone and that they have not died off in the cold and are actually growing fast and thriving. we do get a freeze here so im concerned about planting this shrub. I have a large lawn and want to plant them across the front of and would probably need about 20 plants, before i invest this kind of money,


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Answer from NGA
November 6, 2009

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Common Ixora is a tropical plant and will be damaged with frosty weather. However, Ixora Odorata is a lesser known cultivar that is most cold hardy of all the ixoras. It will withstand brief drops in temperature down into the 20's without serious damage. So if you have your heart set on planting Ixora, the safest bet is the white flowering Ixora Odorata.

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