The Purple Trumpet Tree is one of the most spectacular flowering trees of the tropics. It is semi-deciduous and after it sheds its leaves in the spring, the branches are covered with a profusion of bright pink or pink-lavender flowers. The flowers are in large, rounded clusters. They are funnel-shaped with 5 spreading, ruffled petals and a yellow throat. Hummingbirds pollinate the flowers. The seeds are in long, slender green pods. Leaves are palmately compound with five oval or ovate leaflets. The leaflets are on long slender stalks so the leaves have a delicate appearance. It has a leaning or crooked trunk and an open, rounded canopy. In cultivation it typically grows from 25 to 40 feet tall but it can grow to a larger size in the wild. It is easy to grow and it begins to flower when small so it is often cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions.
Put a mixture of potting soil and sand or perlite into several pots. Put the seeds on the growing medium and cover them lightly with soil. Then put the pots in an area with bright light and in a temperate of 15-20 degrees C. Keep the soil moist but not wet. The seeds take 2-6 weeks to germinate.