Aristolochia arborea is known for its rare and unique beauty, making it a desirable addition to any garden or natural area. This large shrub or small tree, native to Mexico, stands between five to ten feet tall. In some cases, Aristolochia arborea has been observed growing up to twenty feet tall. The attractive greyish-brown bark is corky, providing texture and interest to the surroundings.
For truly stunning visuals, Aristolochia arborea boasts flowers that bloom in clusters near the base and occasionally a solitary or paired flower can be seen near the top of the tree. The flowers are quite unusual, resembling a small capped mushroom in the genus Marasmius.
Aristolochia arborea is best grown in USDA zones 9 to 11, in a location where it will receive partial shade. It is important that soil remain consistently moist, without drying out between watering sessions. Propagation can be done with cuttings or division.
Gardeners located in cold regions can also enjoy growing Aristolochia arborea in a pot with the proper care. The container should be large enough to allow for adequate root growth, with a rich organic and well-draining soil. Water when soil is dry, but avoid overwatering. A bit of protection from the cold will be necessary if the temperature falls below freezing. To support the shrub's growth, use slow-release fertilizer and prune lightly.
In conclusion, Aristolochia arborea is a beautiful tree or shrub with unique and unusual flowers. With proper care and in the right location, Aristolochia arborea can be a welcome addition to any garden or natural area.