According to Ngoc Hoa, owner of a flower garden in Thanh Cao commune, Luong Son district, Hoa Binh province, since the eleventh lunar month, customers have flocked to her garden, to choose bonsai trees for Tet decorations. Her garden houses many varieties of bougainvillea in different sizes and shapes, each is sold from one million VND to 150 million VND.

Hoa said that most of her customers prefer bougainvillea trees with variegated foliage, with prices ranging from ten million VND to 50 million VND. Those having a price tag of more than 100 million VND can be hired for 15 days, at a cost between 30 million VND to 50 million VND.

The trees have high prices, because they are imported from Thailand, Hoa explained.

A 145-million-VND multicolour bougainvillea at Hoa’s garden.

The foliage of a variegated bougainvillea grows in a profusion of colours. Each tree is approximately four metres high, with the foliage measuring around three metres.

The vines have won great interest from customers, because they have long-lasting flowers and can bloom all year round.

Le Ngoc Anh, an owner of a flower garden in Xuan Quan commune, Van Giang district, Hung Yen province said that the multicolour bougainvillea trees with a price over 100 million VND, are the ones having more than five flower colours in its foliage.

These trees have lifespan of up to dozens of years, he stated.