Best Plant Nurseries, October 2010
Don’t be fooled by the commonplace geraniums and petunias out front at Xotx-Tropico. The real finds, looking in some cases like stick figures from another planet, are scattered inside among the more than 100 species of palm. Proprietor Leon Massoth is a modern-day Indiana Jones, traveling the world in search of the rarest tropicals—a kola tree from Nigeria, a passionflower tree from the Amazon, a Caribbean acacia bush. He propagates his own seedlings, which explains the dense-jungle vibe. Be sure to sniff the heavenly Jamaican allspice.