The Most Beautiful Outdoor Tropical Plants

By Justin Graves , last updated April 19, 2011

While the top picks for the most beautiful outdoor tropical plants will largely depend on personal preference, there are several tropical plants which hold mass appeal to people from all walks of life.

Musa Siam Ruby Banana Plant

First, the Musa Siam Ruby banana plant is appreciated for the larger red leaves it produces. Many gardeners choose to show off their Siam Ruby banana plants outdoors in the summer months and inside in the winter months. These plants can also grow up to eight feet tall and require plenty of direct sunlight to flourish. Siam Ruby banana plants can also make great landscaping and poolside plants.

Elephant Ear Plant

Next, the elephant ear plant, also known as the Colocasia esculenta, is a trademark outdoor tropical plant due to its vivid bright green appearance. The elephant ear plant comes in a number of different plant varieties, all with their own distinct and leafy appearances.

Copperleaf Shrub

The copperleaf shrub, also known as the Acalypha wilkesiana, is another popular outdoor tropical plant that originates from Fiji. These shrubs boast oval leaves and stunning colors of green, red and bronze. This tropical plant can also reach heights of up to ten feet.


Another popular outdoor tropical plant is the Poinsettia, or Euphorbia pulcherrima. This plant produces bright red and green colors with its own small flowers.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Perhaps one of the most beloved tropical flowers is the beautiful white and red flower that is produced by the Phalaenopsis orchid. The detail and contours featured in this flower are truly a sight to behold.

Royal Poinciana

Finally, the Royal Poinciana is known for producing incredible orange and red flowers in the early to mid-Summer. In fact, some people have actually referred to the Royal Poinciana as being “on fire” during this time period.

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