Plant of the Week: Leea guineensis

Leea guineensis

Leea guineensis is an evergreen shrub or small tree native to tropical Africa. Leea's are vigorous growers and need quite a lot of space. Ours in the greenhouse is 17 feet tall by 9 feet wide. The light green new growth is quite a contrast to the dark green foliage.

Blooming Time: In the greenhouse Leea's will bloom all year long. Flowers are in much-branched cymes and are up to 8 inches across. Individual flowers are 1/8 inch across.

Culture: Leea guineensis need partial shade with intermediate to warm temperatures. We grow ours under 52% shade. We use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. To this mix we add 2 cups of 14-14-14 osmocote to each .01 cu yards of mix. The plant cannot withstand much drought and should be kept moist at all times. Fertilize twice monthly using a balanced fertilizer. The plant needs very little pruning to look great. If pruning is needed to control size, it can be carried out at any time of the year.

Propagation: Leea guineensis is propagated by stem cutting or by seed. Seed germinate in 14-21 days at 70° F.

Leea guineensis was featured as Plant of the Week December 15-21, 2000.

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