These evergreen trees and shrubs are from the American tropics and subtropics. The arching branches of blossoms give way to spherical fruit that dangle along the stems. They may be grown in a mixed or shrub border; in colder climates, they do well in a temperate greenhouse.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsFive-petaled flowers (in shades of sky-blue, lilac, purple, or white) appear in delicate sprays from the leaf axils.
CareOutdoors, grow in moist, well-drainded soil in full sun. Indoors, provide shade from hot sun and water sparingly in winter. In late winter or early spring, prune wayward shoots to maintain size.
PropagationSow seed in spring from 64° to 70°F. Take semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer.
ProblemsSpider mites, mealybugs, whiteflies, leaf spot, damping off.