BULNECIA ALBUREA - Knowledgebase Question

Miami, Fl
Question by ilemaries7
June 26, 2009
This grows to be a huge tree and I don't have a big patio. Can I keep it in a pot so it won't grow that tall.


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Answer from NGA
June 26, 2009

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Bulnesia arborea, or Vera Wood, can grow 40-100' tall so I don't think you can keep it in a container and keep it small. Even if you pruned the top and did some annual root pruning, the tree will eventually outgrow the pot. And, trying to keep it small will compromise its ability to bloom, which is the best part of having it in the landscape. It is also quite sensitive to low temperatures. It will drop its leaves and flowers in temperatures below 40F. Have you considered growing a look alike plant instead? Tecoma stans, also called Esperanza, Yellow Bells, Hardy Yellow Trumpet, Trumpet-flower, or Yellow Elder has similar leaves and flowers and you can cut it down annually to keep it small. Just a thought.....

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