Hawaii grows the best selection of tropical foliages than any other single growing area of the world. Hawaiian culture steeps in traditional use of many of the foliages for ceremonial purposes, in their dance (Hula), in their gifting (leis), as well as in food preparation, etc. There are more Ti Leaf (Cordyline fruticose) varieties than you might ever imaging, with many varieties have been hybridized in Hawaii.
The general size of a single tropical foliage may range from a few inches to upwards of 6 ft. You might guess that Hawaii has a lush forest cover experiencing rainfall in excess of 140” per year.
Sample Categories of Foliages include:
Alocasia: origin Indo-Malaysia
Anthurium: origin Tropical America
Calathea: origin Amazon Basin, South America
Cordyline: origin Indo-Malaysia
Dracaena: origin India and Southeast Asia
Fern: origin Australia, some are indigenous or native to Hawaii
Monstera: origin Central America
Palm: origin Japan, Central America, Madagascar and Southeast Asia
Philodendron: origin Central America and Brazil
The are many uses for tropical foliage as there is an abundance of shapes, textures and sizes.