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PlantFiles: Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea 'Coconut Ice'

Family: Nyctaginaceae (nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bougainvillea (boo-gan-VIL-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Coconut Ice

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DonPedrocalvia On Oct 6, 2006, DonPedrocalvia from Calvia Mallorca
Spain (Zone 10a) wrote:

I live on the Island of Mallorca, in 10a
My plant of Coconut Ice was bought in a local market with an appologie from the seller that it wasnt one colour...not pure she said...I smile now as I did then...It's now 7 years old and is around 18 feet or more tall it has grown through a hedge and into a pepper tree which is itself around 100 years old and is almost at the top of the tree...the spread is around the same 18 foot...and has been cut and cut ...mind the thorns!
It's THE most amazing site...I will add a picture for you ... People stop and photo it drops and makes a terrible mess..but its worth every second I spend cleaning up...its frost tollerent, and by far the best of my small collection of 7 or 8 other bougainvilla's...truly worth its space.
Don Pedro de calvia

Positive artcons On Apr 26, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I bought this plant from a catalog many years ago. It has multicolored yellow/green leaves and multicolored bracts of pink/light violet & white on a single plant. Mine is eight feet tall and the showpiece of my Bougainvillea collection. I have the plant staked with metal tubing to prevent it from being blown over in heavy winds. I had to do this due to the hurricanes of "04". The spines on this plant are not as severe as on other Bougainvillea plants. This plant can be easily trained in the spring when new growth emerges. The tender new branches can be tied to the trunk to keep the new branches growing straight, or they can be left alone, then they will bend over and become more bushy. Often I find butterflies resting in the shade on branches this plant. This variety as with other varieties bract up during dry conditions. During the rainy months most of the bracts fall off and the foliage will prevail.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Elk Grove, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Warwick, Georgia
Newark, New Jersey
San Antonio, Texas

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