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Dombeya

​​Dombeya

​​Burgessiae seminole or Dombeya x seminole

  • Common Name: Dombeya (other common names: Dombeya Hybrid, Tropical Rose Hydrangea 'Seminole')
  • Scientific Name: Burgessiae seminole or Dombeya x seminole
  • Family Name: Malvaceae
  • Origin: Tropical Africa
  • Height: 6’ – 8’ (With pruning it can be kept to about 5’.)
  • Width: 8’ – 10’
  • Growth: fast growing
  • Zone: 10A - 11
  • Light Needs: Full sun – Partial shade (the more sun – the fuller the shrub and the more it blooms.)
  • Salt Tolerance: Low
  • Soil/PH/Texture: Not very fussy as to its soils texture (sand, clay or loam) and will tolerate poor soil, mildly acidic – mildly alkaline (pH 6.1 – 7.8)
  • Soil Moisture: Average water needs – do not overwater
  • Drought Tolerance: is moderately tolerant once established. (supplemental irrigation during droughts)
  • Pests/Diseases: no serious pests or diseases are known.
  • Growing Conditions appreciates periodic fertilization and pruning but otherwise low maintenance.
  • Characteristics: It has handsome, large, grapevine-shaped velvety leaves with showy and fragrant flowers of this evergreen are pink to rose color and bloom all throughout the winter, from fall to spring.
  • Propagation: by woody, semi-hardwood and hardwood stem cuttings, also by seed extracted from the flowerheads.
  • Wildlife: attracts bees, birds and butterflies.
  • Facts: It is sometimes referred as a tropical hydrangea because its flowers are likened to the hydrangeas, we see up North. In 1973 the USDA Plant Introduction Station in Miami released this cultivar for commercial use, and it has become a favorite for many Florida landscapes. Black rhinos are known to eat both bark and leaves.
  • Designer Considerations: Makes a great screen plant, hedge, border or specimen plant in a residential landscape.
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