This woody, evergreen, flowering shrub native of southeast Asia has become popular in Florida, but does not tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees and may die back in other zones. It can regenerate in the spring or be grown in containers and brought indoors in the winter. However, it may become susceptible to indoor problems such as scale, thrips and mealybugs.
It grows in a bushy, rounded form with 4″ long, glossy, dark evergreen leaves and summer blooms of 4 petaled red flowers in 5″ wide cymes. The fruits are round and dark purple to black. Ixora prefers full sun in moist, well-drained, acidic but organically rich soils. It can tolerate small amounts of shade in the afternoon heat.