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Glory Bush in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Tibouchina semidecandra

 

Glory Bush

Tibouchina semidecandra, the princess flower, glory bush, is an evergreen shrub or small ornamental tree that can be trimmed to any size. It has dark green veined leaves, 4"-6" long, with and which look velvety, and which are sometimes edged with red. The flowers are large, royal purple, with 5 petals. flaring open to five inches.Usually grown indoors in cooler climes

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plant Features
  • Glory Bush likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Glory Bush likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Glory Bush is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Glory Bush likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Glory Bush

Latin name

Tibouchina semidecandra

type

Evergreen Shrub

family

Melastomataceae

ph

5.0 - 6.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Glory Bush likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Glory Bush is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Glory Bush likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Glory Bush likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Glory Bush is 1.40meters x 2.00meters 1.40 M 2.00 M

Tibouchina semidecandra

Tibouchina semidecandra, the princess flower, glory bush, is an evergreen shrub or small ornamental tree that can be trimmed to any size. It has dark green veined leaves, 4"-6" long, with and which look velvety, and which are sometimes edged with red. The flowers are large, royal purple, with 5 petals. flaring open to five inches.Usually grown indoors in cooler climes


Propogation by cuttings

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Take stem or tip cuttings 8-10cm long in spring. Trim each cutting to just below a pair of leaves, remove the bottom leaves and dip the cut end of cutting in hormone rooting powder. Plant the cutting in an 8cm pot filled with a moistened equal parts of peat moss and coarse sand or perlite. Enclose the whole in a plastic bag or propagating case and stand it in a warm room in bright filtered light. When new growth appears, uncover it and begin to water it moderately. After a further eight weeks, move the young plant into a 10cm pot of standard potting mixture and treat it as a mature specimen.

 

Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Tibouchina prefer slightly acidic soils with a good amount of organic matter and good drainage, but will adapt to most well-drained garden soils: from very acid to slightly alkaline. Tibouchinas will not thrive in soils that are too alkaline and will show signs of burn around the leaf margins and yellowing between the leaf veins. They are adapted to chalk, clay loam, loam, loamy sand, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils; but if the soil is less than ideal, dig lots of acid compost into the planting hole and mulch the roots often.

 

Flowering Season

From Late Spring TO Mid Winter

Some flowers are open throughout the year but they are especially plentiful from late Spring to mid Winter

 
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