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Brugmansia arborea

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brugmansia (broog-MAN-zee-ah) (Info)
Species: arborea (ar-BOR-ee-uh) (Info)

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3 vendors have this plant for sale.

12 members have or want this plant for trade.

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral hungsgarden On Apr 26, 2011, hungsgarden from Chino, CA wrote:

lol. I have to a house that have this plant 2 years ago without knowing the name of it. every six month we cut down so many of it that it take up a bin load. Now I find out people are selling a small 4" plant for $10. I will give my plant away for free.

Positive gramaJudi On Mar 6, 2010, gramaJudi from Houston, TX wrote:

I moved into a home with an Angel Trumpet in Sept. 09 and it was beautiful. Now the bark has come off the main truck, not the branches. I was surveying to assess for freeze damage. Does anyone know is this bird damage or did my tree die?

Neutral poppysue On Jan 2, 2002, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Brugmansia arborea is a tropical bush or tree native to the high altitudes of the Andes region. This species isnt as well known in the nursery trade like its more common cousins B. suaveolens and B. aurea.

It has the shortest flowers of all Brugmansia. The white corolla is 4 - 6 inches long, trumpet shaped and rolls back to form tendrils 1 inch long. Looking face on at the flower it has the shape of a 5-point star. The flower's fragrance is strongest in the evening making it attractive to moths and other night pollinators. In favorable conditions B. arborea will flower steadily and consistently through the year. The foliage is covered with velvety hairs and the egg-shaped fruits are also fuzzy. The unusual styles have white hairs and the anthers are free, not glued together like some brug species.

B. arborea is the only self-fertile species and does not need a pollen donor to set fruit. The seed take 4 months to ripen inside the fruit. They are dark brown, 3 sided and have a cork like casing. B. arborea has been successfully crossed with B. sanguinea, B. flava, and B. vulcanicola to produce many hybrids.


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

Madison, Alabama
Chino, California
Citrus Heights, California
Corte Madera, California
Elk Grove, California
San Francisco, California
San Leandro, California
Torrance, California
Wheatland, California
Fort Myers, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Fort Valley, Georgia
Logansport, Indiana
Greenwood, Louisiana
Lakeville, Massachusetts
Ballwin, Missouri
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
North Charleston, South Carolina
Beaumont, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Katy, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Weimar, Texas
Puyallup, Washington
Seattle, Washington (2 reports)

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