A large tree with stunning flowers. The native origins of this tree are obscure; it has rarely been collected in the wild. The few times it was observed growing in the wild was in Burma’s forests, hence the common name Pride of Burma.
Considered one of the most beautiful trees globally, the pride of Burma is exquisite even when not in bloom. This rare evergreen tree grows up to 30 feet tall, has a rounded crown, and weeping branches. New leaf growth is striking. Coppery/red leaves hang limply off the stem, like a pretty lady holding a limp handkerchief.
Also known as the ‘Queen of flowering trees,’ Burma’s pride does not disappoint when in bloom. Pendulant crimson or salmon flowers are splashed with yellow. Two small petals of equal size are paired with five more all unequal in size. 9 to 10 stamens are fused into a sheath, two different lengths with the longer ones having larger anthers. Fruit is a flattened pod containing 4 to 6 seeds.
The pride of Burma rarely sets seed. The window of germination is tiny. Sow ripe seeds fresh! Germination occurs within a few weeks. Air layer is the best way to create progeny.
The pride of Burma is a nitrogen fixer. Protect it from wind. Keep soil moist. Slow growing at first, the pride of Burma becomes more lavish with age. It is closely related to ashoka tree.
- Container plant
- Lei flower
- Nitrogen fixer
- Privacy / screening
- No dangers