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Plants, Shrubs, and Trees for the Holidays!


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Finca Tangara Nursery is well stocked for the holiday -- lots of plants blooming now. Full list below. I have a powerpoint of many plants on the list and can email it upon request. Less than 20MB. Also, will send directions upon request.         We also have special BLUE GINGER plants from Bonnie Williams.
Peter Sterling



I make home calls to offer consults on pruning, planting , fertilizing, and so on. Visit is $25; all plants below are $4.  All sales are contributed to the Biblioteca de Boquete to build the endowment fund – so that eventually interest on the endowment will pay the Library’s annual costs in perpetuity.



Laureacea family (avocado):

  Aguacatillo – tiny avocado-like fruit; tanagers, etc love it.

  Sigua (white and red) -- also small avocado-like fruit for birds; March-April

  Bambito – larger avocado-like fruit; food of the quetzal; highlands


Croton niveus (colpachi) – fast growth; good windbreak; fruit beloved by parrots

Cypress (cipré) – evergreen, dense foliage; prune-able as hedge or shrub; good windbreak. fast growth

Eucalyptus deglupta (rainbow eucalyptus) – world’s fastest growing; pretty bark


Bignonacea family:

Tabebuia rosea (roble) candelabra-like arbor; white/rose trumpet blooms in March

Tecoma stans (yellow trumpet blooms); small tree/shrub; grows fast and flowers often)


Spathodea campanulata  (African tulip; llama de bosque, flame of the forest) – fast growing; scarlet flowers

Nance amarillo – plum like yellow fruit; tall tree;

Inga (guabo; several species) mimosa like flowers; hummers, tanagers, orioles; fast growing

Erythrina poeppigana (poró) – beautiful orange flowers, tall, fast-growing; highlands; birds

Erythrina lanceolata (palo santo) fence-post tree; red machete flowers; pretty seeds

Diphysa Americana (macano) bright yellow pea-like flowers; pea-like foliage fence post

Enterolobium cyclocarpus (corotú, Guanacaste) – grows huge; spreading canopy; beautiful foliage; lowland

Quercus (oak; several species: mamecillo, black oak)  important forest trees

Lonchocarpus minimiflorus – lovely purple flowers in Feb/March

Mimosa – pretty flowers for hummers

Trema micrantha  -- Jamaican nettle; fast growth; seeds for grosbeaks and other birds.

Cecropia obtusifolia (guarumo) -- fast growing; fantastic for birds

Bahuinia variegata  (orchid tree) – white orchid-like flowers

Anacardium exelsum – espavé; tall tree related to mango and cashew.  good forest tree

Hymenaea courbaril  (algarrobo) -- tall; best at lower altitudes   good  forest tree

Spondias purpurea  (red mombin; jobo) -- red, sweetish, cherry-sized fruit; live fence-post

Caesalpinina pulcherrima (dwarf poinsianna; pride of Barbados)-- beautiful blooms; does well in Boquete.


Flowers and Vines

Asclepias curassavica  (a milkweed); butterflies, including monarch

Lantana camera – orange, white, pink   butterflies

Stachytarpheta franztii (porter weed, verbena)--  clustered purple flowers; hummers and butterflies

Allamanda – yellow trumpet blooms; sturdy vine; wind tolerant (cover a fence)

Penta – red and white; hummers

Snakey succulent with red blossoms

Reed orchids

Flowering lily



Tres amores – blue,white, and purple flowers

Brugmansia --  trumpet flowers with perfume in early evening

Calliandra haematocephala (powderpuff) -- red blooms; hummers                        

Streptosolen jamesonii  -- marmalade bush, chinese hat (hummers and butterflies)

Yellow daisy (as shrub or vine )

Hamelia patens (zorillo real, fire bush) -- tubular red flowers for hummers; berries for tanagers

Jatropha multiday (coral bush) -- scarlet flowers shaped like coral

Duranta erecta  (golden dew drop) -- green or variegated; small blue flowers for hummers; yellow berries

Melastomata shrub with purple spikey blossoms)




Vetiver  -- deep roots for holding soil on hillsides

Lemon grass  -- cultivar from the Nasó tribe on the upper Rio Teribe


    Agave (2 kinds)


    organ pipe “cactus” for tall fence, windbreak, etc

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