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BOUGAINVILLEA x buttiana 'Enid Lancaster'

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Maureen Gilmer

Family

Nyctaginaceae

Botanical Name

BOUGAINVILLEA x buttiana 'Enid Lancaster'

Plant Common Name

Bougainvillea, California Gold Bougainvillea, Enid Lancaster Bougainvillea

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

This rare, golden flowered bougainvillea adds vibrant color to frost-free gardens and conservatories. Their twining branches of this woody vine are lined with dark green leaves that remain evergreen unless persistent drought causes them to drop. The burnished golden blooms have bracts (modified petal-like leaves) that become flushed with pink depending on exposure or season. The colorful bracts are long-lasting and surround tiny, white tubular flowers, which are pollinated by hummingbirds and long-tongued insects.

Like most bougainvilleas, 'Enid Lancaster' blooms most heavily when conditions are hot and dry. If over-watered, even in the desert, it produces too much foliage and insufficient color. It has a large fibrous root system that resents disturbance, so keep the rootball in tact when planting nursery stock. Established specimens are a challenge to transplant, so most opt to replant with new stock instead.

This is a queen of climbers, happy on walls, fences, arbors, shade structures, gazebos and even thrives climbing onto roofs or into tree tops.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    25'-40' / 7.6m - 12.2m

  • Width

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Gold, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green

  • Bark Color

    Green, Gray

  • 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

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Hanging Basket, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No