I always thought that the Ploiarium Alternifolium was a small potted plant since ours has always been less than 18 inches tall. And we’ve had it for a very long time.
Then I find out that it’s called Cicada Tree and I wonder why.
A quick Google search tells me that it is indeed a tree with the potential to reach great heights.
The buds are plump and tipped with a blush of pink.
Its flowers remind me vaguely of sweet cherry blossoms and are delicately fragrant.
Even the seed capsules are lovely with their deeply ridged structure.
I love it.
Lately I’ve been on the lookout for beetles. We’ve had visits from big black rhinocerous beetles and shiny green ones, too, but there are still no cicadas.
If anyone tells me that there’s a cicada sitting on our Ploiarium Alternifolium right now, I’d have to be a cynic and say nay. It’s the first of April after all. 🙂
Care and propagation: Partial shade to full sun; not fussy about soil; water generously. Propagate using seeds.