Latua pubiflora - 'Tree of Wizards'
Also known as the Sorcerers Tree, Latua pubiflora (Palo de los brujos) is from Chile.
This is a small tree or shrub with very attractive magenta to purple flowers in spring. The flowers are followed by small yellow fruits.
This is an easy plant to grow in warmer climates, in cooler zones it would need to grown in a container and overwintered indoors or on an enclosed patio.
Overtime this forms a branched shrub to around 18' tall with thorny branches.
In cultivation it is usually pruned to much shorter than this.
This is a slow growing plant,
Latua pubiflora is monotypic, the only plant in the genus.
It is rare in the natural environment, however it is available for sale from specialist nurseries.
Other Plants of Interest
- Lapageria rosea (Chilean Bellflower)
- Myoga Ginger (Japanese Ginger)
- Wasabi (Wasabi Japonica)
Plants can be grown from cuttings or from seeds.
Seeds are sown on the surface, kept moist and warm in a sunny but not hot position.
Many growers have problems with seed germination, this is usually because seeds are not fresh and have not been stored correctly.
Latua pubiflora are available from sale from the following nurseriesSacred Succulents
PO Box 781 Sebastopol CA 95473