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Glory Bush Tibouchina urvilleana

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Phonetic Spelling
tib-OO-kee-nuh ur-VIL-ah-nuh
Description

Tibouchina urvilleana, commonly called princess flower or glory bush, is a large, dense, rounded-but-sprawling, tropical shrub that typically grows to 6-8' tall, but may reach 15' in optimum growing conditions. It can be trained as a small tree or a vine for growing on an arbor or trellis.  Winter hardy to USDA Zones 9-11.  In Zones 8, plants will typically die to the ground in winter, but will often grow back from the roots in spring. This shrub is best grown in moist, acidic, organically rich, fertile, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Shelter plants from strong winds. Apply mulch to keep roots cool. Plants will spread in garden areas by suckers. Lightly prune plants after flowering to control unwanted legginess and spread.  This shrub may be grown in containers which are typically sunk to the rim in garden areas or placed on patios or decks throughout the growing season. Plants are sensitive to frost, however, and containers should be brought indoors to a cool bright room for overwintering as houseplants before first fall frost.  This plant is slightly salt tolerant.  Additional information and images available at   https://extensiongardener.ces.ncsu.edu/extgardener-tibouchina

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#salt tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#salt tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tibouchina
    Species:
    urvilleana
    Family:
    Melastomataceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Brazil
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Wet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Salt