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Brunsfelsia latifolia (Yesterday-today-tomorrow, Brunsfelsia)

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Plant description

brunsfelsia latifolia yesterday today and tommorow

brunsfelsia latifolia yesterday today tommorow.

Brunsfelsia latifolia is a hardy, evergreen shrub with beautifully perfumed flowers in spring and summer. It is also known as Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, for the three tones of flowers that it bears, which open purple-blue, turn to mauve the next day, and finally white. It has glossy green foliage, and is an easy care plant.  It is best in warm temperate climates.

Brunsfelsia likes a warm, sunny or part shaded position, with a well drained fertile soil. It is somewhat drought tolerant when established, but best growth comes from regular watering. Tip pruning will help to keep the plant compact and dense growing. It prefers a slightly acidic soil.

Propagation is from tip cuttings.

Brunsfelsia is toxic to dogs, who are attracted to eating it. Once they ingest it,  they can develop diarrhoea, salivation and neuroloical changes such as twitching, seizures and this can in some cases lead to death.

This plant is also known as Brunsfelsia bonodora and Brunsfelsia australis.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: purple, mauve, white
Flowering season: spring summer

Scent

The flowers are intensely fragrant

Plant size

Maximum height: 4 metres
Minimum height: 2 metres

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Fertilise in spring with a good general purpose fertiliser.

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