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Shrub- Angel's Trumpet

Brugmansia photo by James Gaither
Common Name: Angel’s Trumpet

Botanical Name:  Brugmansia spp.

Family:  Solanaceae

Description: Evergreen, long-lived, woody shrubs

Sun: Sun to part shade in hotter climates; protect from wind

Water requirements: Needs regular water; not drought resistant. Root rot can occur if watered too frequently

Soil requirements: Prefers moist, fertile, well-drained acidic soil. Can tolerate alkaline soil but does not tolerate salt well

Habit and form: Woody shrub; can be trained to small tree. Can grow 10 to 12 feet tall; some varieties are smaller

Flower type: Show-stopping hanging trumpet-shaped flowers which can grow up to 20 inches long; flowers are fragrant with light lemony overtones, especially in the evening

Flower color and season of bloom: Shades of white, peach, pink, orange or yellow; can flower year-round in warmer climates

Pruning time and method: Trim in the fall or winter to remove weak and dead wood

Maintenance tips: Fertilize frequently with a water soluble fertilizer

Note:   All parts of angel's trumpet are poisonous if ingested

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