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Bougainvillea × buttiana 'Poulton's Special' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Climbing

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Flower

Pink, Purple and White in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

bougainvillea 'Poulton's Special'

Family

Nyctaginaceae


Bougainvillea are scandent evergreen shrubs, sometimes thorny, with simple ovate leaves and clusters of small tubular flowers each enclosed by 3 showy, brightly coloured ovate bracts

'Poulton's Special' is a evergreen climber to 5m, with ovate leaves and clusters of magenta-rose bracts surrounding small white flowers

Synonym(s)

  • Bougainvillea 'Poultonii Special'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Under glass grow in loam-based potting compost in full light and water freely in summer and keep just moist in winter. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. If container grown can be put outside in summer. Water sparingly in winter. May survive short spells down to 0 °C if kept fairly dry

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer or softwood cuttings in early spring. Layering can be done in early autumn or spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 12 in early spring/after flowering

Diseases

Generally disease free