Nuxia floribunda /Forest Elder, Forest Auxia, Wild Elder

Nuxia floribunda  / Nuxia floribunda
A profusion of flowers
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A profusion of flowers

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A large, specimen lawn tree in full bloom in a southern California botanical garden

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Scientific Name: Nuxia floribunda
Common Name: Forest Elder, Forest Auxia, Wild Elder
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Fall, Winter
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Comments: This is an attractive small to medium-sized tree, native to Southern and tropical Africa, which produces a profusion of creamy-white, scented, tubular flowers which nearly cover the tree. Leaves are two to six inches long and nearly three inches wide. It cannot tolerate freezing temperatures.