Bougainvillea praecox is a spiny, deciduous shrub or tree with a low, roundish crown; usually growing 4 - 10 metres tall. The normally crooked bole branches from low down, it can be 20 - 40cm in diameter[
Very ornamental when in bloom, the tree can be used in landscaping[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, central Brazil, Bolivia.
Savannah woodland, growing on alluvial soils in river valleys, favouring areas not subject to seasonal inundation, on deep, low fertility, calcareous, clayey soils[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Often found on calcareous, clayey soils in the wild[
]. Tolerant of fairly dry soils[
Young plants have a very fast rate of growth[
A fast-growing plant that succeeds in full sun, it can be used as a pioneer plant when restoring native woodland[
The wood is medium-textured, cross-grained, moderately heavy, soft, with poor mechanical properties and very susceptible to rot. It is only used locally, for purposes such as internal construction[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of virtually 100% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within a few days[
]. The seedlings grow away very quickly and should be ready to plant out 3 months later[
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