The Q&A Archives: Pink Pearl Bougainvillea - Want The Bush Variety, Not Vine Type - Do You Have?

Question: Do you have the Pink Pearl Bougainvillea ( Bougainvillea Aberl) as a bush variety and not the vine variety?? I love this plant but need a bushy variety. Have you developed the bush yet? Where can I buy in Orange Country, California? If not, can I buy the vine variety and prune the branches and form it into a bush?

THank you
Alison Neulander

Answer: Pink Pearl is a vining bougainvillea and will not remain a bush, regardless of how you prune. Heavy pruning will keep a vine under control, but you'll lose the bloom, which is the reason most gardeners plant bougainvillea in their landscapes. A better choice is a bougainville with a naturally bushy shape. The shrubby, sprawling bougainvilleas include 'Brillian Variegated', 'Crimson Jewel', 'Raspberry Ice', 'Purple Queen' and 'Rosenka'. Local nurseries carrying Monrovia stock include
Dana Point Nursery
34100 101 Coast Highway
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-5137

Haster Grove
1370 S. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 376-4769

Plant Depot
34313 San Juan Creek Road
San Juan Capist, CA 92675
(949) 240-2107

Armstrong Garden Centers
32382 Del Obispo Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 661-6666

Green Thumb Int'L-El Toro
23782 Bridger Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 837-3040

Laguna Hills Nursery, Inc.
25290 Jeronimo Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 830-5653

Roger's Gardens
2301 San Joaquin Hills Road
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 640-5800

Armstrong/Newport Beach #741
1500 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 644-9510

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