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Medinilla cumingii

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Pronunciation: med-in-NIL-uh kum-ING-ee-eye
Family: Melastomataceae
Common Name: Showy Melastome, Chandelier Tree, Medinilla
Plant Type:
  • trees, shrubs
Height to: 6ft (2m)
Width to: 8ft (2.4m)
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 40 to 30ºF ZONE 10
  • 50 to 40ºF ZONE 11
  • 60 to 50ºF ZONE 12
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • mid spring
  • late spring
  • early summer
  • mid summer
Bloom Description: Showy Melastome (Medinilla cumingii) bears purple-pink flowers that are produced in dense, pendent panicles.
Soil Type: Under glass, grow in soil based potting mix. Outdoors, grow in moderately fertile, moist but well drained soil
Plant Perks:
  • Container Gardening
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Attracts Butterflies
Pests and Diseases: Scale insects when indoors
Propagation: Sow Showy Melastome (Medinilla cumingii) seed at 66-75f/19-24c in spring. Root softwood cuttings in spring or semi ripe cuttings in summer. Air layer in spring
Native to: Philippines
Winter Sowing Zones: none
Notes for Identification:

Showy Melastome (Medinilla cumingii) is an erect, sparsely branched, semi-epiphytic evergreen shrub, with broadly ovate to obovate green leaves.

Care:  In the growing season, water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly; water sparingly in winter.

Source: Various sources including The American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and the USDA


USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 45 to 60 days ZONE 6
  • 60 to 90 days ZONE 7
  • 90 to 120 days ZONE 8
  • 120 to 150 days ZONE 9
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
  • Greater then 210 ZONE 12
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
Located in: Trees, Shrubs
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