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Stemmadenia litoralis (Milkyway) is a very beautiful tropical tree species. It normally grows up to 10 feet in height and exhibits a canopy in layers. The bark which is grayish tan displays vertical fissures as the tree matures. Leaves are dark green oval leaves and measure up to 6 inches in length.
The plant’s name derives from its white milky sap. It bears flowers that have a trumpet shape corolla of 5 petals with a single style and stigma, all year. In full bloom, the fragrance permeates the garden with a musky vanilla perfume. The white flowers presents a striking contrast against the green glossy leaves. Additionally, the ground below is carpeted with fallen blossoms.
Furthermore, the small fruit pods are golden in color and about 4 inches long. Moreover, they and borne in pairs with a hook-like appearance. Milkyway generally propagates from seed or cuttings.
Additionally, Stemmadenia litoralis (Milkyway) does best in rich soils with good drainage. Such as soils which are neutral, slightly acidic or alkaline. Milkyway in landscaping is perfect along the seaside locations, as accent to a garden, for screening, in public parks and conservatories. It is also suited for growth in large planters.
Other names: Stemmadenia bignoniaeflora, Guijarro, Laurel, Stemmadenia robinsonii, Lechoso