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PlantFiles: Climbing Tibouchina
Tibouchina laxa

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Family: Melastomataceae
Genus: Tibouchina (tib-OO-kee-nuh) (Info)
Species: laxa (LAKS-uh) (Info)

Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

Height:
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Purple

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral macybee On May 3, 2009, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Botanica:

They prefer full sun and do best in light soil with added organic matter and a slightly acidic to neutral ph. Keep plants moist during the growing season. Prune after flowering. They have brittle stems and need shelter from wind; they do not like frost. Propagate from cuttings in late spring.

Neutral Ishtar64 On Jun 29, 2006, Ishtar64 from Cedartown, GA wrote:

This is a vexing plant!! The flowers are extremely beautiful with their petunia-purple velvety petals. Even the leaves have a furry cover and are quite decorative. I bought my plant (trained as a standard) from a mass marketer, repotted it and placed it in full sun. The plant sulked for a few days and dropped some yellowed leaves. It's resumed blooming, but still drops yellow leaves. This plant needs to be watered well, and light fertilizing every two weeks is recommended. I've moved the plant back into a more sheltered position, where it gets filtered shade part of the day. But (you guessed it!) it still drops yellow leaves!
Tibouchina is supposed to be easy to propagate from cuttings, but I haven't had luck so far. The plant can be overwintered inside, but should go through a resting period in order to remain healthy (or so an expert wrote).

Regional...

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

Brooksville, Florida
Crawfordville, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Frostproof, Florida
Palmetto, Florida
Weston, Florida
Cedartown, Georgia



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