Tabernaemontana Little Emerald
Tabernaemontana Little Emerald is found in China and some of the adjacent countries. This attractive shrub as glossy dark green foliage and faintly sweet scented, white flowers which are produced all year around

Tabernaemontana Little Emerald

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Description: Tabernaemontana corymbosa 'Little Emerald', commonly known as Little Emerald, is an evergreen shrub prized for its compact form, attractive foliage, and delicate white flowers. This cultivar is particularly valued for its lush green leaves and suitability for small gardens, borders, and containers.

Flowers:

  • Blooms: The plant produces clusters of small, white, star-shaped flowers throughout the year, with peak blooming in spring and summer. The blossoms add a delicate and elegant touch to the garden.
  • Fragrance: The flowers have a light, pleasant fragrance that attracts pollinators.

Foliage:

  • Leaves: The leaves are glossy, dark green, and elliptical, providing a lush and vibrant appearance year-round.
  • Seasonal Color: The foliage maintains its deep green color throughout the year.

Fruit:

  • Fruit: The plant occasionally produces small, orange fruit. These are generally not significant for ornamental value.

Form and Size:

  • Size: Typically grows 0.5-1 meter tall and wide, forming a dense, rounded shape.
  • Habit: Compact and bushy with a well-branched structure, making it suitable for various landscape uses.

Growing Conditions:

  • Climate: Thrives in tropical to subtropical climates and is suitable for warm regions in Australia. It can be grown indoors in cooler climates.
  • Soil: Prefers well-draining, fertile soils but can adapt to a variety of soil types, including sandy and loamy soils. Avoid waterlogged conditions.
  • Sunlight: Best grown in partial shade to full sun to ensure robust growth and optimal flowering.
  • Watering: Regular watering is essential, especially during the growing season. Allow the top layer of soil to dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering.

Uses:

  • Ornamental Shrub: Highly valued as an ornamental shrub for its attractive foliage and delicate flowers.
  • Borders and Edging: Ideal for creating low borders and edging due to its compact growth habit.
  • Containers: Suitable for growing in containers, making it a versatile choice for patios, balconies, and small gardens.
  • Indoor Plant: Can be grown indoors in bright, indirect light.

Maintenance:

  • Pruning: Prune regularly to maintain shape and remove dead or diseased wood. Light pruning encourages bushier growth and enhances the plant’s appearance.
  • Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer during the growing season to promote healthy growth and prolific flowering.
  • Pests and Diseases: Generally resistant to many pests and diseases. Monitor for common pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites. Maintain good air circulation to prevent fungal diseases.

Notes:

  • Hardiness: Hardy in USDA zones 10-11. In cooler regions of Australia, grow indoors or provide protection from frost.

Companion Plants: Pair with other tropical and subtropical plants such as ferns, peace lilies, and anthuriums to create a lush garden display.

Tabernaemontana corymbosa 'Little Emerald'

Common Name: Little Emerald

Botanical Name: Tabernaemontana corymbosa 'Little Emerald'

Family: Apocynaceae

Origin: Native to Southeast Asia