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Yesterday Today And Tomorrow

Brunfelsia pauciflora

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Yesterday Today And Tomorrow (Brunfelsia pauciflora) at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Brunfelsia pauciflora flowers

Brunfelsia pauciflora flowers

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Brazil Raintree, Morning Noon And Night

Description:

This variety is spectacular in bloom; pansy-like flowers open deep purple, progress to lavender and then finally white, showing all three colors on the plant; perfect for the shrub border or containers; can be maintained as a small tree with pruning

Ornamental Features

Yesterday Today And Tomorrow is covered in stunning clusters of purple round flowers with lavender overtones and white streaks at the ends of the branches from mid spring to early fall. Its glossy pointy leaves remain dark green in color with curious light green undersides throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Yesterday Today And Tomorrow is a multi-stemmed annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Yesterday Today And Tomorrow is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Yesterday Today And Tomorrow will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Yesterday Today And Tomorrow is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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