Category: Shrub - Evergreen
Zones: 8 to 10
Size: To 15' tall and wide, more likely 8 to 10' tall, 6' wide
Growth Rate: Fast
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Grey-green leaves with whiteish pubescence underneath. Flowers are crimson and white with long crimson stamens, on current year's growth in May. Egg-shaped berries, which are edible, as are the petals. Good low maintenance plant for hot dry problem areas. Well-drained soil. Does not like reflected sun.
Native to Brazil and Uruguay. Discovered by Friedrich Sellow (1789 - 1831, German naturalist) in 1819 and introduced in 1898.
Published in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 50: 59 in 1941.
Basionym: Orthostemon sellowianus O.Berg.
Synonym: [plant:FeijSell] (O.Berg) O.Berg.
RHS Award of merit in 1927.
I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Nurseries Caroliniana in August 2008 and potted it up to a 3-gallon before planting it in summer 2009, in the front. It has grown but did not flower until May 2011. By the end of 2013 it had spread to at least 6' wide but was still only 3 to 4' tall. It fruited very heavily in autumn 2013.