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Newbouldia laevis, African Border Tree, Akoko Tree, Newboldia

Newbouldia laevis

African Border Tree, Akoko Tree, Newboldia
Family: Bignoniaceae
Origin: Africa
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Subtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This pretty fast growing medium-size tree is close related to popular Tabebuias. Leaves are lush, tropical looking, dark red and waxy. Flowers are tubular, pink, come in bunches, attract butterflies and bees. In Africa, the Akoko Tree is regarded as a sacred tree by the Yoruba, and a symbolic marker for sacred spots. This plant has many medicinal properties and is valued in Africa. The tree is relatively cold hardy and withstands some freeze without significant damage.

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