Bougainvilleas - Knowledgebase Question

Tacoma, WA
Question by lonniejs
January 26, 2001
I was wondering if there is any variety of Bougainvillea that would survive outside in the Northwest? thanks


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Answer from NGA
January 26, 2001

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Wish I could answer yes, but bougainvilleas are tropical in nature and therefore very sensitive to frost. I've heard rumors that if a plant can become established for 2-3 years before it is exposed to freezing temperatures, that although the tops will die back in freezing temperatures, the roots will live and produce new vines in the spring. If you decide to plant a bougainvillea, find the warmest spot possible - next to a south or west facing wall where it will receive reflected heat and be protected from the coldest of weather.

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