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Clavija longifolia

A sparsely branching, tropical, evergreen tree, with a trunk to about 4m (13ft) high on which long lance-shaped green leaves are borne, producing a palm-like appearance. Small orange flowers are produced on slender racemes directly from the trunk and followed by golf-ball sized, bright orange, edible fruit.

Synonyms
Clavija ornata
Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Orange Green
Summer Green Orange
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Theophrastaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a moisture-retentive, but well drained compost and a position in full sun or partial shade, in a conservatory, greenhouse, or as a houseplant indoors in the UK

Propagation

Propate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

pruning group 1

Pests

May be susceptible to red spider mite, scale insects and mealy bug

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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