Ajuntament de Barcelona

Brugmansia arborea

Miramar Garden and Camí dels Cims

    Catalan name: 
    Trompetes
    Spanish name: 
    Trompetas del juicio
    English name: 
    Angel's trumpet
    Botanical synonyms: 
    Datura arborea, Datura cornigera
    Species characteristics
    Family: 
    Solanaceae
    Origin: 
    Equatorian Andes, Peru, Northern Chile, Bolivia and Colòmbia
    Habitat: 
    Well-drained soils in warm climate
    Characteristics: 

    Deciduous shrub 1.5-3.5 m tall, although it can reach 5 m. The young stems, the leaves, the calyxces and the fruits are slightly pubescent.

    The matt green leaves are alternate and ovate, with entire or jagged margins. The lower side is hairy.

    The flowers, up to 30 cm long, are fragrant and hanging or bending. The calyx, 10-12 cm long, is spatule-shaped and has a long tip. The corolla is formed by white petals 2-2.5 cm long which are separated by sinuosities. On some varieties, the corolla is yellow, pink or even red.

    The fruits, 6-8.5 cm long, vary from rounded to ovoid.

    Flowering time: 
    Summer-autumn
    Fruiting time: 
    Autumn
    Uses and properties: 

    Traditionally speaking, Angel's Trumpets are used as a garden plant in warm areas because of its beauty and the spectacularity of its flowers as well as its odor.

    It's a toxic plant so touch must be avoided.

    History and curiosities: 

    The scientific name, Brugmansia arborea, consists of the genus name Brugmansia, dedicated to the German Natural History professor Sebald Justin Brugmans (1763-1819), and the Latin term arborea, “arboreal”.

    For further information: 

    LÓPEZ GONZÁLEZ, Ginés A. Los árboles y arbustos de la Península Ibérica e Islas Baleares. (2 vol.) Madrid: Mundi-Prensa, 2001

    THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. Enciclopedia de plantas y flores. Barcelona: Grijalbo, 1996

    http://www.rhs.org.uk