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IXORA 'Nora Grant'

Image of Ixora 'Nora Grant'

Holly Chichester

Family

Rubiaceae

Botanical Name

IXORA 'Nora Grant'

Plant Common Name

Ixora

General Description

A dense, medium-sized, cold-tender shrub with huge clusters of flowers most of the year, this broadleaf evergreen is in the same family as coffee, gardenia, firebush and pentas. The coral-pink flowers are in flat topped, round clusters, the outer flowers opening first. Individual flowers are long and tubular ending in spreading lobes. The leathery, glossy green leaves often go yellow in late winter and early spring.

This popular hybrid is grown as a landscape plant in frost-free zones, and under cover in colder climates. It prefers sun or partial shade and requires humus-rich, well drained, acidic soil. It becomes nutrient-starved and sickly where soil pH is high. Chelated nutritional sprays applied regularly can help overcome deficiencies. Irrigate regularly when in growth. Position this shrub where it will receive protection from hot midday sun. It takes heavy pruning, but looks and does best if pruned with a lighter touch. Use ‘Nora Grant’ in hedges, borders, containers and foundation plantings to impart a tropical ambiance.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H2, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Coral

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green, Yellow Green, Copper

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Chocolate

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No