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Brilliant Red Flowers Reminiscent of the Tropics

Add Brilliant RED to Your Landscape

A profusion of non-stop summer splendor, the Barbara Karst Bougainvillea knows no blooming boundaries! This showy bougainvillea is flush with scarlet red blooms.

The source of this bounty isn’t flowers or leaves, but the bracts. They run the full length of each arching stem, luring admiring pollinators to tiny, white blossoms nestled among this brilliant bouquet.

A tropical plant, the Barbara Karst serves as an evergreen in frost-free zones, promising a mass of color from late spring well into fall. This durable perennial can handle colder climates, returning year-after-year with an abundance of warm-weather proliferation.

Unlimited Garden Uses

The Barbara Karst Bougainvillea is available as a vine or already trimmed and trained in tree-form.

Add Amazing Color with this Quick Growing Vine
Its vigorous nature can be “persuaded” into most any form your garden plans involve. Reaching up to 30 feet, it fills in quickly as ground cover, a privacy screen or cascading hedge. With a little guidance and support, the spiny thorns climb just about any structure, creating a bright red embellishment on an arbor, trellis or fence line – even the side of your house! Invest a little more time pruning, and this bougainvillea can be tamed into a shrub, container plant or grown in a hanging basket.

You’ll Want This Impressive Tree
If you’re looking for a flowering tree, the Barbara Karst is easily maintained as a bonsai or topiary. When ordering in tree-form, all the work of training the vine into a single trunk is complete. Just keep your shears handy to shape the top and snip off errant shoots during the growing season. Most find a height of 4 to 6 feet manageable… but it will get taller if you want to let it go.

Hardiest of ALL The Bougainvilleas

Aside from your need to keep it “in check,” the Barbara Karst is a no-fuss, low-maintenance bougainvillea. Whether planted in the ground or a garden pot, full sun and an occasional soaking are all it requires… once the roots are established.

It’s a top-performer in hot, desert-like conditions while tolerating temperatures as low as 30 degrees F. You might see new growth nipped by winter frost, but it easily rebounds once spring arrives.

Mass of Blooming Beauty

The Barbara Karst routinely outshines its familiar cousin, the San Diego Red Bougainvillea, in abundance and beauty. To achieve this brilliance in your own backyard, always plant your bougainvillea where it can get lots of sun – at least 6 hours each day. Remember, additional watering boosts leaf production, but drier conditions are what make the bracts really stand out!

Prized for its over-the-top display of brilliant color and natural propensity to flourish the moment it’s planted, the Barbara Karst Bougainvillea will make a huge splash in your garden landscape. Get your order in today! This popular variety is expected to go fast!

Full Planting & Care Instructions

Product Details

Mature Height:Vine: 15-30 ft. Tree: 4-6 ft.
Mature Width:8-10 ft.
Sunlight:Full Sun
Growth Rate:Fast
Botanical Name:Bougainvillea
Does Not Ship To:AZ,OR
Grows Well In Zones:4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
grow zone map

Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors

(hardy down to 30℉)

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Based on 9 reviews

Verified Buyer

Did not travel well but excellent customer service in replacements

The plants arrived pretty much dead and were not happy no matter what i did with them. However, customer service did an amazing job promptly sending replacements so I am really pleased with the support I received.

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Verified Buyer

A beautiful plant

The bougainvillea came packed well and quickly started growing new leaves. It now filled out and gorgeous. Now hoping to overwinter in here in zone 5. I can’t recommend this company enough!

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Prob a bit wasteful to order online/package and ship. But I got exactly what I was looking for, to my front door, and they took great care to make sure the plant would be in good shape on arrival. I guess these are notoriously fussy about being moved/replanted. One of the two I got had a rough first week but since then both flourishing and have doubled in size in the last month. Great color. Here’s hoping they do well enough drape over my ugly fence :)

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Niki K.
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Awaiting more growth

Arrived healthy but not growing as fast as expected

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Such a beautiful plant!

The bougainvillea came perfectly packaged and blooming. Very healthy and vigorous.

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