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Products > Pisonia umbellifera 'Variegata'
Pisonia umbellifera 'Variegata' - Map Plant
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Nyctaginaceae (Four O¹Clock)
Origin: Polynesia (Pacific Ocean)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Ceodes umbellifera]
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 8-12 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32° F
Pisonia umbellifera 'Variegata' (Map Plant) - A 12 foot tall shrub or small tree with beautiful variegation on the 9 to 16 inch long by up to 6 inch wide leaves. There is a mottling of light and dark green colors on the leaf with the creamy edges that when first emerging can be suffused with pink. Blooms, which appear in early summer, are open clusters of fragrant small green flowers tinged with pink. The sticky fruits that follow are responsible for several other common names, Bird Catcher Tree, Birdlime Tree and Umbrella Catchbirdtree as insects and small birds can get stuck to these fruit. Plant in part sun or shade with regular watering. Only hardy to around 30 F but can freeze down to hard wood and resprout as it did in our gardens after 26 ° F. A very attractive plant as a foundation shrub along a path on in a shaded patio where up close inspection of its interesting leaves can be made. It is native to many Polynesian islands, Southeast Asia, China, Japan and northern Australia. The genus is honors the Dutch physician and naturalist Willem Piso and the specific epithet is from the combination of the Latin words 'umbella' meaning "umbrella" and 'fero' meaning "to carry" in reference to the shape of the inflorescences. This plant is noted as being a 30 foot plus tree in habitat, however this plant rarely exceeds 6-12 feet in cultivation in southern California, though one of small tree proportions has been noted in a Santa Barbara garden. The current name for this species is Ceodes umbellifera, the name the plant was first described as in 1776 by Johann Reinhold Forster and his son Georg who were the Royal Society scientists aboard the Resolution for James Cook's second Pacific voyage. The genus was merged with Pisonia and resurrected several times before molecular data resurrected Ceodes as the valid name for this plant as accepted by Kew in May 2021. We however retain the name most are familiar with so not to confuse our staff or our customers until most become more aware of this name.  The information about Pisonia umbellifera 'Variegata' displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.