James H. Schutte
(Bougainvillea, Jamaica White™ Bougainvillea, Paperflower)
Cool snow white bracts with just a hint of blush make ‘Monca’ a spectacular garden-wedding vine and the perfect tropical climber for classical, designed landscapes. The parent species are native to South America where various colors and forms were bred early on to create the contemporary garden varieties. They thrive in dry climates around the world. A large, woody vine-like plant, ‘Monca’ produces long, arching stems decked with dark green leaves.
The color is from bracts, which are modified...
(Bougainvillea, Paperflower, Purple Queen™ Bougainvillea)
A fabulous tropical vine, this hybrid bougainvillea with its brilliant purple flowers is both a climber and a groundcover due to its dense green foliage. Bougainvillea is a hallmark of Mexico and California but can be found thriving in dry climates around the world. The parent species of ‘Moneth’ are native to South America where various colors and forms were bred early on to create the contemporary garden varieties. This hybrid is a smaller form that climbs by the same arching limbs and hooks, but...
(Bougainvillea, Oo-La-La® Bougainvillea)
This vivid magenta-red dwarf bougainvillea, ‘Monka,’ is among the best for a groundcover or container color in hot, dry climates. It is descended from giant vines of South America and their many hybrids, crossed to develop this small shrubby form, and others, tame enough for garens with limited space or entirely new applications such as slope stabilization.
Also known as Oo-La-La, bears dense color due not to its flowers but to modified leaves known as bracts. They are a signal that draws pollinators...
(Bougainvillea, New River Bougainvillea, Paperflower)
This hybrid, ‘New River,’ offers smaller leaves and a more dense habit than other bougainvilleas, with the same tropical blooms for vibrant color in the frost free garden. Bougainvillea is a hallmark of Mexico and California but can be found thriving in warm climates around the world. The parent species of ‘New River’ are native to South America where various colors and forms were bred early on to create our contemporary garden varieties. A large woody, vine-like plant, ‘New River’ produces long...
(Bougainvillea, Pink Pixie Bougainvillea)
This is a true miniature form of the huge tropical vines that are the star performers of tropical gardens. Not only is ‘Pink Pixie’ a better candidate for small, sun-drenched gardens than most bougainvilleas, it’s a popular bonsai and topiary specimen too. This is a dwarf form of the variety ‘Torch Glow,’ discovered by a California grower among a group of bougainvilleas imported from the Philippines. What makes this sun-loving dwarf so unusual is the short distance between nodes on its stems, with...
James H. Schutte
(Bougainvillea, Paperflower, Raspberry Ice Bougainvillea)
Raspberry Ice bougainvillea is a shrubby, mounding evergreen climber with short thorns and small green leaves with wavy margins. Leaves have cream to golden yellow edges, dark gray-green centers, and are tinged with red when new. Clusters of red bracts create additional color from summer to autumn or, in the dry season.
Plant bougainvillea in full sun and fertile, well-drained garden soil. Raspberry Ice bougainvillea is especially effective in hanging baskets or other containers.
(Bougainvillea, Paperflower, San Diego Red Bougainvillea)
The big, hearty, long-blooming, red-flowered bougie ‘San Diego Red’ is named for the city where it originates. Its specific history is unknown, but this large, evergreen, woody vine persists in southern California like no other. It is the leading red-flowered bougainvillea by which others are judged.
The long arching branches of 'San Diego Red' are bedecked with dark green leaves and colorful blooms that appear year-round. Its flowers are actually comprised of showy petal-like leaves, called...
(Bougainvillea, Scarlet O'Hara Bougainvillea)
This vivid, bright-red,hybrid bougainvillea is a huge climber that bestows a profusion of the famous tropical bloom to frost-free gardens. Bougainvillea is a hallmark of Mexico and California but can be found thriving in warm climates around the world. The parent species of ‘Scarlet O’Hara’ are native to South America where various colors and forms were bred early on to create our garden varieties. A woody vine-like plant, ‘Scarlet O’Hara’ produces long arching branches decked with dark green leaves.
(Bougainvillea, Paperflower, Silhouette™ Bougainvillea)
Contemporary plant breeders have transformed bougainvillea, typically an enormous vine, into a few small, manageable shrubs, such as ‘Singapore Pink,’ so that gardens of any size can host intense tropical colors. Most garden bougainvilleas are hybrids descended from giant vines of South America and bred to create less vigorous but highly floriferous vines for gardens. This one, ‘Singapore Pink,’ (also known as Silhouette) takes the downsizing farther, allowing us to rethink using bougainvillea in...