Brazilian natives with showy flowers at branch ends and broadly oval, prominently veined, velvety leaves. Prefer slightly acid, fastdraining soil. Protect from strong winds, hard frosts. Pinch young growth to induce branching; prune out damaged or badly placed branches before new growth begins. If flower buds fail to open, check for geranium (tobacco) budworm.Tibouchina urvilleana
The only species widely available. Fast, rather open growth to 5–18 ft. tall, 3–10 ft. wide. Branch tips, buds, new growth shaded with satiny hairs in orange and bronzy red. Green, 3– 6-in.-long leaves, often edged red. Older leaves add spots of orange, red, or yellow, especially in winter. Brilliant royal purple, 3-in. flowers appear intermittently from late spring into winter. Prune lightly and feed after each bloom cycle. Has naturalized in Hawaii, forming thickets in wet areas. Can be used as indoor/outdoor plant in colder climates. Can be grown in Zones 14 and 15 with protection.
Mexican native. Grows 3 to 4 ft. high and wide. Apple green, oval to elliptic leaves to 2 1/2 in. long...
Australian native hardy to about 23°F/°5°C. Upright grower, to 5°8 ft. tall and wi...
Native to Australia. Fast growth 20 to 30 ft. Each leaf has five to seven oval, 1- to 2-in.-long leafl...