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Glory Bush

Tibouchina spp.

Also known as

Glory Tree, Princess Flower

Tibouchina grandifolia by João Medeiros (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Glory Bush Overview

Tibouchina is a genus containing around 208 species from the Melastomataceae family. They may be herbaceous perennial plants or evergreen shrubs or trees. Many of these plants are commonly known by the names Glory Bush or Glory Tree. Glory Bushes are grown for their attractive foliage and flowers, some species flowering in spring and autumn and others all through summer. Foliage may be textured and has prominent venation. Flowers are bright and saucer-shaped, in a range of colours including pink, purple, blue and white, often with contrasting, showy stamens in the centre. Naturally occurring in subtropical and tropical areas they are happy in humid, high rainfall areas. A good choice to plant in large tropical styled gardens.

Common problems with Glory Bush

Generally problem free

How to harvest Glory Bush

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Glory Bush


Sow seeds in spring once temperatures reach 16 degrees Celsius.


Root softwood cuttings in late spring or semi-ripe cuttings in summer, both with bottom heat.

Special features of Glory Bush

Autumn colour

The plants flower into autumn.

Attracts useful insects

Attract bees, butterflies and moths.

Drought resistant

Can survive extended dry periods.

Pot plant

Can be grown in large containers, provide good drainage as they don't like soggy roots, but do like moderate watering. Use a rich potting medium.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Glory Bush

Grown for their flowers and foliage.

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