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Thursday, 26 May 2016

FFF236 - TIBOUCHINA

Tibouchina is a genus of about 350 species of neotropical plants in the family Melastomataceae. They are trees, shrubs or subshrubs growing 0.5–25 m tall, and are known as glory bushes or glory trees. They are native to rainforests of Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America, especially Brazil. The name comes from an adaptation of the native Guiana term for these shrubs.

In Brazil, people use the massed purple blooms to decorate churches at Easter time. Here in Australia tibouchinas also make quite a statement in autumn, with their riot of purple flowers. This particular plant is Tibouchina 'Alstonville', probably the best of the larger growing kinds, and common as a garden and street tree in Melbourne.

This plant was produced at Alstonville, on the New South Wales North coast, by the late Ken Dunstan. It is an evergreen small tree which usually grows to about 5m tall. The foliage is dark green in colour with a pale reverse. 'Alstonville' puts on a brilliant display of violet/purple flowers in late summer and autumn. It makes an excellent street or specimen tree, and responds very well to pruning.

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25 comments:

  1. So bright, hard to overlook! Am still trying to put my head around the history of this plant - they must be popular to some!

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  2. Not a plant I would rush out to buy at a gardencentre, I have to confess :=)
    Well, one can't love them all.
    Dear Nick, thank you for your continued hosting of our pretty pictures.

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    1. Hello Joanna, I got the following message when trying to access your blog:
      "This blog is open to invited readers only"
      Many thanks for joining Floral Friday Fotos, I look forward to your next contribution!

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  3. I love how the buds are red, but the flowers purple. Thanks for hosting, dear Nick!
    Best wishes,
    Annie

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  4. I love the colour. Thank you for hosting, Nick!

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  5. An attractive and charming plant, in a magnificent colors.
    Thank you for sharing, Nick. Have a happy weekend, Carmen

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  6. wonderful vivid color, thanks for hosting and have a great weekend.

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  7. Thank you for sharing this lovely flower Nick. I enjoyed all the information also. Have a great weekend.

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  8. It must be wonderful to see a street full with these flowering trees in Marlbourne! That will cheer up your drizzling winter day! Groetjes and thanks for your kind comments. Hetty

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  9. These are beautiful! Thanks for hosting..

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  10. Thank you, Nick, for hosting. These are very lovely. Have a beautiful weekend...

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  11. Nick, amazing color. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Lovely pic of a Gorgeous flower!
    Thank you for hosting!

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  13. Wow, what a pretty purple! Thanks for hosting.

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  14. Hello Nick,
    what wonderful purple blooms!
    Have a nice weekend,
    kind regards
    moni
    http://www.reflexionblog.de

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  15. Fabulous colour!
    Thanks again for hosting and sharing.

    Happy weekend!
    Ruby

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  16. Love the color on these! Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful weekend!

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  17. I love the colour. Happy weekend! Greetings, Nicole

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  18. I'm not familiar with those flowers, but they're really pretty.

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  19. Beautiful photo! Greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

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  20. Oh so pretty, I love the colour....
    Greetings Jen

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  21. A beautiful flower photo!!!!!
    Happy weekend!!!
    Greetings from Monika*

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