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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So bright, hard to overlook! Am still trying to put my head around the history of this plant - they must be popular to some!ReplyDelete
Not a plant I would rush out to buy at a gardencentre, I have to confess :=)ReplyDelete
Well, one can't love them all.
Dear Nick, thank you for your continued hosting of our pretty pictures.
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Such an intense colour!ReplyDelete
I love how the buds are red, but the flowers purple. Thanks for hosting, dear Nick!ReplyDelete
I love the colour. Thank you for hosting, Nick!ReplyDelete
An attractive and charming plant, in a magnificent colors.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing, Nick. Have a happy weekend, Carmen
wonderful vivid color, thanks for hosting and have a great weekend.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing this lovely flower Nick. I enjoyed all the information also. Have a great weekend.ReplyDelete
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. HettyReplyDelete
These are beautiful! Thanks for hosting..ReplyDelete
Thank you, Nick, for hosting. These are very lovely. Have a beautiful weekend...ReplyDelete
Nick, amazing color. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Lovely pic of a Gorgeous flower!ReplyDelete
Thank you for hosting!
Wow, what a pretty purple! Thanks for hosting.ReplyDelete
what wonderful purple blooms!
Have a nice weekend,
Oh! It is a pretty one!ReplyDelete
Thanks again for hosting and sharing.
Love the color on these! Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful weekend!ReplyDelete
I love the colour. Happy weekend! Greetings, NicoleReplyDelete
I'm not familiar with those flowers, but they're really pretty.ReplyDelete
Beautiful photo! Greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)ReplyDelete
Oh so pretty, I love the colour....ReplyDelete
A beautiful flower photo!!!!!ReplyDelete
Greetings from Monika*