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Welcome to the coolexotics.com plant database, which is dedicated to subtropical, tropical, temperate exotic-looking or more common plants. Exotic plants, many of which can live in cold places, are presented in this section. There are 231 plants described in this database, with some information and advice about many growing and caring aspects. Members are also able to add their own photos and comments.

Myrtus communis ‘Tarentina’ is a compact and dense shrub with small leaves. Otherwise, it is very similar to the species.

Myrtus communis ‘Microphylla’ has small leaves and a compact growth. Otherwise, it is very similar to the species.

As both, it’s vernacular and scientific names suggest, Myrtus communis ‘Compacta’ is smaller than the species. Also, it has smaller leaves and the foliage is denser. Otherwise, it is similar to the species.

Trachycarpus fortunei, also known as Chinese windmill palm, is widely grown in temperate areas, as it is, without doubt, one of the cold hardiest palms. It is native to the temperate and subtropical areas of southeastern China, Taiwan and the Chusan islands (hence one of its vernacular names). This palm can easily withstand cold spells down to -15°C, -18°C and, for brief periods, even slightly lower temperatures. Moreover, this is a relatively fast-growing palm, even in relatively cold areas, appreciated for its cold hardiness and its ornamental features.

Spathodea campanulata, also known as African tulip tree, is native to West Africa and is widely grown in subtropical and tropical areas. It is a large tree that can reach 10 to 25 m, which is appreciated for orange-red (or more rarely yellow) flowers.

Trachelospermum jasminoides, also known as confederate jasmine or star jasmine, is a vine native to southeastern Asia (China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam). It has an ornamental evergreen foliage, with glossy dark green leaves, and fragrant white flowers. Though not a “true” jasmine, it exhibits somewhat similar flowers, hence the various vernacular names.

Ipomoea lobata syn. Ipomoea versicolor syn. Quamoclit lobata syn. Mina lobata is a perrenial vine which is native to Central and South America, including Mexico. Whether it is grown as a tender perrenial or even as an annual vine, it will profuselly bloom from late spring to the first frosts. It is appreciated worldwide for its scarlet and yellow flowers.

Russelia equisetiformis is also known as the coral plant, firecracker plant or fountain plant. It is a shrub which is native to Mexico. It has slender stems and a few and small leaves. It bears many tubular red flowers, which explains its common names.