Care Of (special) Bougainvillea - Knowledgebase Question

Van Nuys, CA
Question by GKBROADWAY
October 12, 2002
I purchased four bougainvillea plants in a nursery in Arizona. It had your company name on it. It is one that does not have the sharp thorns on it and the leaves are apple green and shiny. I would like to know how I should have my gardener trim and train it. I'm not sure if the four plants should be kept as a hedge, or would it be better to trim them individually? They have been in my garden for a year and are growing quite tall - maybe 4 ft.
They are in the front yard underneath windows. They get shade in the morning and full sun in the afternoon. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

Answer from NGA
October 12, 2002
By your description I'd say you have Bougainvillea 'Raspberry Ice'. Unlike the more commonly grown Bougainvilleas which climb quite high, 'Raspberry Ice' has a mounding growth habit, reaching only 2'-3' tall and 5'-6' wide. You can shear yours into a hedge form which will keep the plants uniform in size. You'll be rewarded with profuse blooms with this pruning practice because flowers develop on new growth. Enjoy your Raspberry Ice!

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