Maui Sunset Ixora flowers
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Height: 6 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Hardiness Zone: 9b
This variety is a dependable year-round bloomer for warm southern climates; pale yellow blooms with a hint of peach are held in large ball shaped clusters; excellent for containers or along walkways
Maui Sunset Ixora features showy lightly-scented buttery yellow ball-shaped flowers with peach overtones at the ends of the branches from late winter to late fall. It has attractive forest green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain forest green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Maui Sunset Ixora is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Maui Sunset Ixora is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Maui Sunset Ixora will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.
Maui Sunset Ixora makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.