• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly forms foliage clumps 2 to 3 ft. tall and as wide or wider.
    Key Feature:
    Year-Round Interest
    Blooms:
    Prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:fil-oh-DEN-dron
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:8, 9, 12 - 24
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly forms foliage clumps 2 to 3 ft. tall and as wide or wider.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Prized for foliage.
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleContemporary, Tropical
    Design IdeasUnmatched by any other big-leafed tropical, this foliage plant plays an important role in creating jungle-like exotic compositions in warm winter gardens. With its lax habit and tolerance of both sun and considerable shade, it works in foundation plantings under shade arbors, as a focal point of sequestered entries or as a standout against hot-colored walls of postmodern architecture. Will grow quite well in large containers, wintered indoors in colder climates.
    Companion PlantsBird of Paradise (Strelitzia); Bush Lily (Clivia); Gardenia (Gardenia); Canna (Canna); Passion Vine (Passiflora)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easily grown in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil. Best foliage color in bright light. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply a slow-release fertilizer as new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.