Brugmansia arborea (Angel's Trumpet)

Scientific Name

Brugmansia arborea Steud.

Common Names

Angel's Trumpet


Brugmansia candida, Brugmansia cornigera, Brugmansia knightii, Datura arborea, Datura candida, Datura cornigera, Datura knightii, Datura speciosa, Elisia formosissima, Pseudodatura arborea

Scientific Classification

Family: Solanaceae
Subfamily: Solanoideae
Tribe: Datureae
Genus: Brugmansia


Color: White
Bloom Time: Early summer to late fall


Brugmansia arborea is an evergreen shrub or small tree that grows up to 23 feet (7 m) tall. Ovate leaves have coarsely toothed margins when in their best condition. The leaves, flower stalks, fruit, and especially the young shoots are covered with fine, velvety white hairs. Flowers are intensely fragrant, trumpet-shaped, nodding to sub-horizontal, white to ivory-white or cream, and up to 7 inches (17.5 cm) long. They are produced almost continuously in smaller quantities. The oval fruit is up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) long and up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) wide.

Brugmansia arborea (Angel's Trumpet)
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USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Plant Angel's Trumpets in well-draining soil. They like plenty of water but are prone to root rot in wet locations. Use pots with drainage holes for indoor plants.

Water Angel's Trumpet thoroughly so that the soil stays moist. The leaves will wilt when the plant is thirsty. Although Angel's Trumpet tolerates drought and responds well when watered, lack of water affects future flower production. Apply a 2 inches (50 cm) layer of organic mulch around the plant's base in dry conditions. The mulch will help the soil retain moisture.

Fertilize Angel's Trumpet with a well-balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Do not use slow-release fertilizers. Feed outdoor plants every two weeks during the growing season with a 17-17-17 fertilizer. Feed indoor plants every two weeks while the plant is in bloom with a 15-5-10 fertilizer. See more at How to Grow and Care for Angel's Trumpets (Brugmansia).


It is native to the Andes mountains of southern Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, western Bolivia, and northern Chile.


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