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The Triplaris Americana is a flowering plant which is a member of the Knotweed family. They are native to Central and South America. These plants are known by different local names like ant tree, guacamayo, vara santa etc.
The Triplaris Americana is a member of the Knotweed family and native to Central and South America. They bear beautiful pink flowers. These trees share a symbiotic relationship with ants; The ants live within the tree feeding on the nutrients produced by it and in turn, protect the tree against invaders.
These trees are considered quite invasive as the seeds are dispersed by wind and do not need much care to adapt to its surroundings and grow into a plant.
However, the beautiful flowers of the plant make them a popular plant among aesthetic gardeners.
These plants are fairly easy to grow and do not need any special care.
These plants prefer to be kept under the direct rays of the sun. They have no problem with high temperatures.
The Triplaris Americana is not a very thirsty plant. They can go weeks without watering. However, during the dry winter spells, the plants should be watered 2-3 times a week so that they do not dry out. The soil should be kept moist but not soggy.
The soil should be loamy and have good drainage properties. Ideally, the soil should either be acidic or neutral.
The plant should be fertilized early during the growing period. The fertilizer should be scattered a little away from the stem and then watered deeply. However, care should be taken that the plant is not over fertilized.
The plants bear flowers in late winter and throughout the spring season. The leaves are bright green while the flowers are pink in colour.
They are mainly used for ornamental purposes.