Bougainvillea glabra     
Bougainvillea   
Nyctaginaceae Family     

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Bougainvillea glabra
Bougainvillea trained up a trellis
Form: large cascading shrub; can be trained up on trellis (does not cling)
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: to 30ft in locations where it does not freeze; more commonly 10-12ft with spread of 8ft
Leaves: lots of variation in leaf shape: globular, elliptical, obivate, cordate; to 4in long
Flowers: small insignificant flowers surrounded by showy colorful bracts; many varieties of bract available including red, hot pink, purple, yellow, gold, and white; flowers mostly in spring but again in fall in response to day length
Fruit: not significant
Stems/Trunks: slender, arching stem; well-armed with thorns
Range/Origin: South America
Hardiness: frost sensitive; foliage damaged below 32°F


 

Bougainvillea in bloom
Bougainvillea glabra growing in natural cascading form
LANDSCAPE VALUE:


 

pink flowers
colorful bracts and tiny true flower within
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS:



NOTES:

variety 'Barbara Karst' is the most popular in, and best suited for, Tucson

hardiness varies with variety ('B. Karst' is more hardy than most)


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