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BRUGMANSIA x candida

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Holly Chichester

Family

Solanaceae

Botanical Name

BRUGMANSIA x candida

Plant Common Name

Angel's Trumpet

General Description

In the right climate this hybrid Brugmansia can bloom in spurts all year round. This tropical shrub to small tree is a cross between smaller-flowered Brugmansia aurea and the large-flowered B. versicolor.

The woody plant has coarsely toothed medium green leaves with wavy edges. When conditions are favorable it produces huge downward hanging trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of pale orange, peachy pink or white, depending on the cultivar. These are among the most magnificent flowers in the world, emitting a deliciously sweet scent at dusk to attract night flying pollinators such as moths. The fruits are pod-like and green.

While they do best in ground in frost-free climates, the plants can be grown in containers elsewhere to allow them to be moved into a protected location for winter or in a cold snap. It will resprout from the roots in spring if winter frosts kills the above ground stems. Use a nutrient rich potting soil that retains moisture without becoming soggy for best results. These plants do best in sites with bright but indirect light. Keep angel’s trumpet evenly moist and feed lightly but often to ensure maximum bloom production. The plants will make a bold statement in any vivacious tropical landscape or patio container display.

There are health concerns related to Brugmansia. To learn more go to: http://www.health.qld.gov.au/poisonsinformationcentre/plants_fungi/angelstrumpet.asp

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Orange, Light Pink, Peach

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Dark Green, Sandy Brown

  • 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

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No