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Tabernaemontana divaricata 'Silver'

Family Name: Apocynaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Ornamental Foliage Woody


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A small compact shrub, it can grow up to 20cm in height and has a flat, broad surface. 
Foliage The ovate leaves are variegated and exude a white milky latex when broken. Leaf margin is entire. 
Flowers The flowers are white in colour and shaped like pinwheels. 
Cultivation It is best grown under full sun. 
Etymology The genus Tabernaemontana is named after Jacob Theodore Mueller von Bergzabern of Heidelberg, a physician and herbalist.  The specific epithet divaricata means wide-spreading, straggling which refers to the growth habit. 

Landscaping Features

Landscaping It is good for planting along borders or in flowerbeds as a low-lying shrub. 
Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting
Thematic Landscaping Silver Garden

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green - Light Green, White, Patterned
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White
Flower Texture(s) Smooth
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 31650
Species ID 6049
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.