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Tree Morning Glory, Palo del Muerto
Scientific Name: Ipomoea arborescens (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) G. Don
Synonym: Convolvulus arborescens
Family: Convolvulaceae
Tree Morning Glory, Palo del Muerto (Ipomoea  arborescens)
Ipomoea arborescens in Art Pacheco's collection in Tucson (USA)
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-12

Frost Tolerance: Takes very little frost, can be used in landscape only in the warmest areas of Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Mexico (Sonora)

Growth Habits: Deciduous caudiciform tree, up to 30 tall (9 m), 24 feet spread (7 m)

Watering Needs: Regular water in summer, drier in winter

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings

The tree morning glory is native from the state of Sonora in northwestern Mexico. It is deciduous and leaf back late in the spring, at the same time as the summer monsoon rains bring moisture to its normal habitat. With enough water and fertilizer in summer it grows fairly rapidly.

Blooming Habits:
The tree morning glory has 2 inches wide, cream colored flowers with dark red centers, mostly in winter

Fruiting Habits:

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