Ixora coccinea/ Ixora chinensis / Ixora fragrans

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Ixora coccinea/ Ixora chinensis / Ixora fragrans

Post by M Farooq » July 18th, 2013, 4:47 am

Botanical Name Ixora coccinea (3 different Ixoras are shown in the pictures)
Family Rubiaceae
Local Name in Urdu Ixora (and mispronunciations thereof)
Common Name West Indian Jasmine, Jungle germanium
Life Cycle Evergreen
Cultivar Name NA, see below
Fragrant or Not No fragrance except white ixora fragrance
Category(Bush/Vine/Tree) Bush
Height 6-7 feet or more, domestic plants are kept short
Spacing NA
Flowering Months Ever blooming, but summer is the best
Flower Color Scarlet, red, pink, orange, yellow, white
Growing Areas Through out Pakistan
Frost Tender NA
Exposure Full sun, may tolerate little shade
Soil pH Very sensitive to iron deficiency, see description
Propagation Air layering, seeds on certain varieties
Uses Hedge, Solitary plant, Ornamental
Other Details The word Ixora is derived from Hindi word "Eeshvar" probably because some plants of this genus are used in temples for worship. Regardless of the origin, it is indeed the lord of garden plants. A healthy Ixora is one of the most beautiful flowering plants in any garden. The plants possess leathery leaves and produce large clusters of tiny flowers in the summer. However Ixora is not for the faint hearted gardener. It is not very easy to keep it healthy. Ixora demands carefully adjusted soil pH. This is required to main the leaves green. Otherwise the leaves simply turn yellow and the ruin the image of the garden. The treatment of yellow leaves, which is the most common problem in Ixora, is to use ferrous sulfate. Ixora bears red berries. Images by Izhar & Arif shb. The double petalled variety, from University of Karachi's Botanical garden is called Ixora crimson star. The white Ixora, is a fragrant species of Ixora called Ixora fragrans.
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Ixora frangrans
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Ixora Crimson star
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Ixora
ixora pink.

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Re: Ixora coccinea/ Ixora chinensis / Ixora fragrans

Post by mikhurram » September 12th, 2013, 1:41 pm

The local white variety forms a shrub tree within a span of 7-8 years and is a shrub for all seasons. It blooms throughout the year and very fragrant. A picture of a mature Ixora shrub atleast 20 year old can be seen on my subsection post titled "Perennials for Butterflies/Bees".

The red variety tagged as Ixora which pasted over the last picture is beautiful and seems to be a very rare variety.

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Re: Ixora coccinea/ Ixora chinensis / Ixora fragrans

Post by khabbab » September 12th, 2013, 8:47 pm

I think Mr A K Khan has written in his book that white fragrant ixora in pakistan is Ixora parviflora. I captured following fragrant white ixora in lawrence gardens lahore. I had always thought it is parviflora, but can some one confirm or fragrans ?

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Re: Ixora coccinea/ Ixora chinensis / Ixora fragrans

Post by mikhurram » September 12th, 2013, 9:19 pm

If AK Khan has mentioned it then it must be Ixora Parviflora. Picture of my Ixora flowers bears resemblance to the picture posted by Khabbab. This shrub blooms throughout the year. Flower seeds drop on the ground and tend to form samplings. This plant is a butterfly and honey bee magnet. People interested can get samplings from me.
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Re: Ixora coccinea/ Ixora chinensis / Ixora fragrans

Post by jdashraf » September 12th, 2013, 10:09 pm

I have the yellow Ixora, its beautiful.
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Re: Ixora coccinea/ Ixora chinensis / Ixora fragrans

Post by Farhan Ahmed » September 12th, 2013, 10:14 pm

Yellow Ixora??? Hmmmm must be beautiful. I have never seen

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Re: Ixora coccinea/ Ixora chinensis / Ixora fragrans

Post by jdashraf » September 12th, 2013, 10:29 pm

Farhan Ahmed wrote:Yellow Ixora??? Hmmmm must be beautiful. I have never seen
Farhan, this is the picture of My Yellow Ixora I had shared earlier..
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Re: Ixora coccinea/ Ixora chinensis / Ixora fragrans

Post by Farhan Ahmed » September 12th, 2013, 10:34 pm

Thanks for sharing

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Re: Ixora coccinea/ Ixora chinensis / Ixora fragrans

Post by M Farooq » September 13th, 2013, 1:43 pm

Could someone add add tips for preventing yellowing of Ixora leaves? This would be helpful for everyone because it is a common problem...I could not find a decent cure of yellowing leaves in Ixora.

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Re: Ixora coccinea/ Ixora chinensis / Ixora fragrans

Post by mikhurram » September 25th, 2013, 2:24 pm

Usually the yellowing of leaves occurs when the soil gets more alkaline which ought to remedied easily by applying a foliar spray of 'Seaweed with Sequestered Iron'.

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