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BRUGMANSIA aurea

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Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Solanaceae

Botanical Name

BRUGMANSIA aurea

Plant Common Name

Yellow Angel's Trumpet

General Description

Prized for its huge scented flowers, this broadleaf evergreen from the northern Andes grows as a small multi-stemmed tree in the wild. Showy, trumpet-shaped, golden or white blooms dangle from its spreading branches in summer and fall. Each flower broadens at its tip into five pointed backswept lobes. The blossoms cast a heavy fragrance after dark, attracting moths and other night-flying pollinators. The large, oval, smooth or hairy leaves alternate along the stems. Mature plants bear smooth-margined leaves; young plants have toothed leaves. After pollination, the flowers give rise to prominent, spindle-shaped fruit.

Golden angel's trumpet makes a bold exuberant statement in borders or tropical container gardens. Hardy in areas such as coastal California, it prefers full sun, consistent moisture and light, and regular feeding to ensure maximum bloom production. It requires shade from the blistering midday sun of desert climates. Plants will defoliate if exposed to frost. In colder zones, they are easily grown in containers and overwintered indoors. Angel’s trumpets are easily propagated from air layering or cuttings from mature wood.

There are potential health concerns regarding this plant. To learn more go to http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Brugmsp.htm.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10'-30' / 3.0m - 9.1m

  • Width

    6'-20' / 1.8m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Gold

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • 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

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes