The Hong Kong Orchid Tree is almost in full bloom at Ocean’s Reach. We have three trees on property and they will be in bloom from December through January.
The tree originated in Hong Kong in 1880 and apparently all of the cultivated trees derive from one cultivated at the Hong Kong Botanic Gardens. This tree was and still is widely planted in Hong Kong starting in 1914. It is also sought after for it’s beautiful landscaping qualities in many other places including Sanibel Island.
The species is believed to be sterile and will not set seed so the plant will not drop long pods as other orchid trees do, therefore propagation is by cuttings and air-layering. The flowers of the Hong Kong Orchid Tree attracts butterflies and bees.
Another reason to visit Sanibel in any season is being able to view the varieties of different and beautiful shrubs, flowers and trees that grace our property.
Pictured are the blossoms on the Crape Myrtle next to the Grove and the Royal Poinciana next to the shuffle board court. These trees are in full bloom during early summer.