As a comment about Cubanola (Cubanola domingensis), plantladylin wrote:

Endemic to the Dominican Republic, Cubanola domingensis is a small, slow growing evergreen tree that attains heights of 10 to 12 feet. Although the growth habit and the flower size and shape resemble that of Brugmansia (Angel's Trumpet), they are not related.

The Dominican Bellflower is a cold sensitive plant and cannot withstand temperatures below 40ºF (4.5ºC). It can be grown as a container plant in 3- to 5-gallon pots, but must be protected from low temperatures and frost. Cubanola domingensis prefers bright, filtered light, but it will bloom more profusely when grown in full sun. This plant does not like wet feet, and whether it is grown in the ground or in containers it requires a well-draining potting medium. During the summer months, consistently moist but not soggy soil is required, while less water is needed during the winter months. Dominican Bellflower bears 10-inch-long, trumpet-shaped, yellowish-cream to greenish-white blooms that are highly fragrant.
Nov 12, 2015 12:24 AM CST
Name: David Laderoute
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This plant is fairly rare. One of the common names is Tree Lily. Its flower form is somewhat similar to Brugmansia and it shares the trait of night time fragrance. It is also known as Portlandia domingensis. It is not in the Brugmansia family, but is in the Gardenia family. Under the right conditions it will grow to about 5 feet in a pot (more in the ground), though it can start blooming at ~ 2 feet. It can happily live in pots and as an indoor plant where it can handle lower light. Blooms off and on from Spring - Fall.

Two companies where it is sometimes available: Logees (available as of this writing) ( and Gardinos (
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