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BOUGAINVILLEA 'Sundown Orange'

Image of Bougainvillea 'Sundown Orange'

Carol Cloud Bailey

Family

Nyctaginaceae

Botanical Name

BOUGAINVILLEA 'Sundown Orange'

Plant Common Name

Bougainvillea, Paperflower, Sundown Orange Bougainvillea

General Description

Three shades of hot color distinguish this vigorous bougainvillea, with orange, coral and pink blossoms combined on the same tropical vine. Bougainvilleas of all kinds are the hallmark of Mexico and California but can be found thriving in warm climates around the world. The parent species are native to South America where various colors and forms were bred early on to create our garden varieties. They are, like ‘Sundown Orange,’ large woody vine-like plants that produce long, arching branches decked with dark green leaves. They thrive in well-drained soils and very warm climates.

This bougainvillea, ‘Sundown Orange,’ is a heavy bloomer. Its flowers open vivid orange, a color rare among these plants. As its flowers age they turn vivid coral, then fade to pink. These colors are from bracts, which are modified leaves and thus are far more plentiful and showy than the tiny tubular white flowers clustered among them. The true flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds and long-tongued insects, a bonus in the eyes of many gardeners.

Give ‘Sundown Orange’ full sun and well-drained to slightly dry soil. It will bloom most heavily when conditions are dry. If over-watered, even in the desert, it will produce too much foliage and insufficient color. It has a large fibrous root system that resents disturbance, so when planting a nursery purchase, keep the rootball intact. This is a queen of climbers for walls, fences, arbors, shade structures, gazebos, and it even thrives climbing onto roofs or into tree tops.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    20'-40' / 6.1m - 12.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Pink, Coral

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Tropical, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No