One of the most strikingly showy of flowering trees, and a good shade tree, it is commonly cultivated in gardens or along the sides of roads for its brightly coloured mauve or pink flowers with crinkled petals.
[ Habitat ] :
In open vegetation types, often coastal areas, in regrowth or in swamps, also planted a lot at elevations up to 100 metres.
Usually on alluvial sites and along rivers with sandy to clay soils.
A plant of the moist, lowland tropics and subtropics, where it is found at elevations up to 400 metres.
It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 18 – 35°c, but can tolerate 6 – 43°c
It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 2,000 – 3,500mm, but tolerates 1,300 – 5,000mm
Thrives in a position in full sun on a wide range of moist, well drained soils.
Grows best on rich, deep, alluvial loams with good drainage, but can also grow in badly-draind swampy ground, though it is likely to be small and crooked
Tolerant of alkaline soils, but not of saline conditions.
The tree has been successfully grown in urban areas where air pollution, poor drainage, compacted soil, and/or drought are common.
The tree should tolerate storms well, having hard wood with flexible branches; as long as they are well spaced along the trunk and not clumped together growing from one point on the trunk