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Purple Trumpet Tree


General Properties

Plant Name: Handroanthus impetiginosus - Purple Trumpet Tree
Common Names: Purple Tabebuia, Pink Trumpet Tree, Ipe
Plant Type: Deciduous Tree,tree
Origin: Central And South America
Family: Bignoniaceae
Height (ft): 15
Growth: Slow
Hardiness Zones: 9b-12
Minimum Temp: 25°f°F (Cold Hardy)
Temp Info: Reportedly has survived short periods below 20°F (in a protected area) with no damage.
Salt Tolerance: Medium
Drought: High
Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline
Soil Type: Wide
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light: High
Nutrition: Medium

Flower & Leaf Properties

Flower Property: Attractive,perfect,showy
Flower Color: Lavender, Magenta, Pink, Purple
Foliage Color: Green
Leaf Property: Palmately Compound, Opposite, Elliptic
Leaf Texture: Medium
Season: Spring, Winter

Other Properties

Uses: Small Flowering Tree, Specimen
Propagate: Seeds, Cuttings
Fruit: Brown, Bean-like Pod
Notes: Based on DNA findings, Purple Trumpet Tree is now listed under the genus Handroanthus. It is slower growing and smaller than other trumpet tree species grown in Florida. It is drought tolerant once established. Very showy display of trumpet-shaped blossoms in springtime.
Photo by Fish Branch Tree Farm Inc.
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