Fire Bush

Fire Bush is known more for its herbal benefits than for its ornamental value. The tree produces small black fruits which are sometimes fermented into a drink. The leaves can be crushed and applied direcly to the wounds. It is a great plant to deodorize your feet. Interestingly, a syrup from the black fruit has been reported to cure dysentary in the West Indies.It looks wonderful as a stand-alone shurb but also finds excellent uses when planted as a hedges or even mixed with other small shrubs.

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Fire bush is a native plant which blooms for months, attracting both birds and butterflies, and is practically bullet-proof once established.Firebush is a perennial or semi-woody shrub that is known scientifically asHamelia patens. Gardeners love firebush because it produces flowers from late spring until the first frost, and the bright red flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies, including the zebra longwing and gulf fritillary butterflies. Song birds also like to feed on the berries.

You may find its overall appearance untidy but it is a valuable garden tree to have. Fire bush has orange-red tube like flowers which attracts a lot of fauna.It is known more for its herbal benefits than for its ornamental value. The tree produces small black fruits which are sometimes fermented into a drink. The leaves can be crushed and applied direcly to the wounds. It is a great plant to deodorize your feet. Interestingly, a syrup from the black fruit has been reported to cure dysentary in the West Indies.

 

It looks wonderful as a stand-alone shurb but also finds excellent uses when planted as a hedges or even mixed with other small shrubs. It is a great plant for your yard/balcony because it attracts exotic birds and butterflies. It can grow up to 8-12 ft.

Watering and Fertiliser

Once the plant is grown full it requires frequent watering as long as the soil is well-drained. It doesnu2019t require fertilizers.

 

Growth conditions for good health of this plan

It is a sun loving, low maintenance, long season plant. A well-drained fertile soil suits it the best. It is very easy to prune and therefore it is conviniently shaped and grown to any shape as per your preference.

 

Care and Maintenance

Its sapling should be protected from frost.

 

 


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