These small trees have trumpet shaped flowers that hang straight down. The point of the flower points straight heavenward, therefore the name Angel’s trumpet! It is native to South America, notably the Andes, but it has escaped cultivation in Florida, Mexico, and South and Central America.
These plants produce large, white or yellow trumpet flowers that perfume the night air with its exotic scent. No references to use as medicine or food could be found. The entire plant is poisonous due to the presence of the alkaloids atropine, scopolamine, and hyoscyamine. Poisoning symptoms include hallucinations, dry mouth, muscle weakness, increased blood pressure and pulse, fever, dilated pupils, and paralysis.
If you would like to see examples of this tree there are beautiful specimens at Longwood Gardens in the Conservatory (Kennett Square, PA) and at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C..