EVERGREEN OR NOT - Knowledgebase Question

Orange Park, FL
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Question by jumpcut36
October 11, 2005
Live in northeast Florida, want an attractive flowering evergreen shrub for west side of house. Thinking about the Princess Flower (Tibouchina).

Does this shrub completely die out in winter or will it stay green? I'm a little confused as to what I've read about it. Also want to plant it on west side of house which gets part sun in morning and more sun in afternoon/late day. Will it thrive okay or am I better off with the Mexican Petunia?

Thanks so much for your input.


Answer from NGA
October 11, 2005

Tibouchina is only hardy to zone 10 and you are in zone 8 so it is not cold hardy enough for your area. Mexican petunia is plenty tough but is very invasive as it reseeds profusely.

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