Brugmansia Species, Angel Trumpet, Angel's Trumpet

Brugmansia arborea

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

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Fort Valley, Georgia

Logansport, Indiana

Greenwood, Louisiana

Lakeville, Massachusetts

Ballwin, Missouri

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Levittown, New York

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 6, 2017, nothingfails from YAMBOL UPPER THRACE,
Bulgaria (Zone 7b) wrote:

if root protected during winter, develops late in zone 7b - first flower in October, second flower broken by late November strong winds, the third flower was killed by frost in early December. No drought tolerance in hot dry summers. Needed a bucket of water twice daily. Nice scent of the flowers similar toeau de Cologne which wafts in higher temperatures.


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.


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?


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 ant... read more