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MANDEVILLA x amabilis 'Alice du Pont'

Image of Mandevilla x amabilis 'Alice du Pont'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Apocynaceae

Botanical Name

MANDEVILLA x amabilis 'Alice du Pont'

Plant Common Name

Alice du Pont Mandevilla, Mandevilla

General Description

The classic hybrid Mandevilla‘Alice du Pont’ offers an abundance of large, showy, radiant pink flowers all season long. This timeless Longwood cultivar is one of the most popular mandevillas in cultivation and was named for the wife of Longwood's founder, Samuel DuPont.

Grown for its spectacular blooms, this showy vine is a popular choice for warm gardens and containers. Mandevilla x amabilis is a hybrid of the showy Brazilian native, Mandevilla splendens (plus an unknown second parent), and produces an abundance of large, showy flowers. The plants are evergreen, frost tender and woody.

The vining stems of hybrid Mandevilla are lined with deep green leaves that are glossy, oval and held opposite to each other. When broken, the leaves emit milky sap. Fabulous bell or funnel-shaped with five broad, spreading petal lobes are produced when weather is warm and accommodating. The fragrant flowers are borne in clusters and may be red, pink or white with yellow throats.

These vigorous vines are perfect for archways and trellises in the garden but work as interior plants provided they receive ample sunlight, water and air circulation. Outside they prefer full to partial sun and moist, well-drained soil. Where not hardy, they are best grown in containers which can be moved indoors to a bright warm spot to overwinter. They are magnets for mealybugs and aphids, so check often for infestations, particularly when grown indoors.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Tropical, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No