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Care of the plant Wrightia antidysenterica or Asian Snow.

Care of the plant Wrightia antidysenterica or Asian Snow

The genus Wrightia, family Apocynaceae, includes 23 species of shrubs and trees native to Africa, Asia, and Australia. Some species are: Wrightia antidysenterica, Wrightia tinctoria, Wrightia pubescens, Wrightia annamensis.

Common names: Asian Snow, Coral swirl, Winter Cherry Tree, Arctic Snow, Tellicherry bark, Walidda, Milky Way, Snowflakes. This species is native to Sri Lanka.

They are compact evergreen tropical shrubs that reach 3 meters in height. The oval-lanceolate leaves are 8–12 cm long and shiny green. The showy white flowers are unscented. They bloom in summer and fall but can bloom almost all year round.

They are used as isolated specimens, in bushy groups and to form hedges in frost-free regions. They are also grown as indoor and greenhouse plants and for bonsai.

Wrightia antidysenterica prefers full sun exposure but will also grow in partial shade. They do not resist frost.

The soil can be normal, well-drained garden soil with coarse sand and plenty of organic matter. Pot transplanting is done in early spring.

Water regularly so that the substrate is always slightly moist (never flood). They do not resist drought.

Fertilize with compost or manure at the end of winter and once a month with mineral fertilizer in spring and summer.

Prune lightly in late winter to maintain a compact habit.

They can be attacked by aphids or mites in poorly ventilated interiors.

They are propagated by cuttings in spring or summer and from seed sown in spring.

 

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Wrightia antidysenterica
Wrightia antidysenterica
Wrightia antidysenterica