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Luculia pinceana

I wish you could smell these on your computer!  Luculia pinceana is a rare shrub from southern Asia with a deliciously sweet scent.  Throughout fall and winter, when most plants lack color, it bursts forth with a stunning display of pink blooms.  The flowers appear in large trusses that resemble Hydrangeas.  This is a cool-climate plant and may not thrive in warm conditions.  It is extremely rare in cultivation, and rarely seen for sale.

Luculia pinceana

Luculia pinceana is an evergreen bush in the Rubiaceae (Gardenia) family.  It grows about 8 to 12 feet tall, although it may be pruned to any size you wish.  The plant is attractive even without blooms, with lush, thick leaves about 6 to 9 inches long.  The flower clusters are around 8 inches across and can appear any time of year, but mostly when the day length shortens in autumn and winter.  The inch-wide blooms start out as bright pink buds and open to a light pink or almost white.  Its jasmine-like perfume can be smelled from across the garden!

Luculia pinceana

Luculia pinceana is happiest in mild conditions, with daytime temperatures below 80-85 degrees F, and cool nights.  It might not thrive if temperatures are consistently above the mid 80s and nights are warm.  In autumn, it should have night-time temperatures below about 55 degrees F in order to stimulate flowering.  This species needs protection from frost.  It's possible that it won't survive below about 28 degrees F.  It prefers part-sun, with some protection from strong afternoon sun.  It may be grown in a pot or in the ground in a slightly-acid soil mix that is very well draining.  Keep the soil evenly moist for best results.  Over about 40% humidity is recommended.

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