Heteropterys glabra

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Plant Information:

Botanical Name:  Heteropterys glabra

Common Name: Red Wing

Family: Malpighiaceae

Origin: Argentina

Type: Shrub/Vine

Size: up to 11'

Exposure: Sun

Zones: Zone 6-10

Butterflies: No

Hummingbirds: No

Container Size: Large Pot Band

If the bright yellow flowers were the only color offering that Red Wing produced, it would still be considered an attractive plant. However, the showy blooms are followed by even showier fruit in the form of glowing red tri-winged samaras. Appearing for all the world like some sort of exotic Maple species, this semi-hardy shrub/vine from South America is in the Malpighiaceae, a family known for heat-tolerant plants. This plant is vine-like in part shade, more shrub-like in full sun.