dombeya-burgessiae2

Dombeya burgessiae (Gerrard ex Harv.)

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Product Description

Description: Large soft heart shaped ovate 3 – 5 lobed leaves and pendulous bunches of white to pale pink flowers with a red heart distinguish the Pink Wild Pear. It forms a large bushy, chunky shrub or small tree. D. burgessiae is semi-deciduous.

Features of Particular Interest: Large round heart shaped leaves and clusters of white to light pink or rose pink flowers, which are 3 – 5 cm in diameter.D. burgessiae is very showy. The flowers are borne in large clusters that droop at the terminal. The colours can be very variable.

Height and Spread: 4m x 4m.

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Cultivation

Soil and Moisture: Needs fertile well drained soil with plenty of compost. Water regularly during the summer but less often in winter.

Aspect: Prefers full sun. In cold gardens plant D. burgessiae against a north facing wall.

HardinessD. burgessiae is frost resistant

Maintenance and Pruning: Fast growing and may require pruning heavily in winter.

Propagation: Grows quickly from seed collected as soon as the flower has dried out but also grows from cuttings.

Problems and Drawbacks:

Use and Associated Planting: An attractive garden plant, and an excellent shade and specimen tree. It is also an excellent flowering screen and fills any ugly corner.Remains in flower for an extended period and is perfect for school grounds, parks and office complexes. D. burgessiae could also be planted in a pot.

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Notes: Belongs to the Cocoa and cola family

Family:
Sterculiaceae
Genus:
Dombeya
Species:
burgessiae
Common Name(s):
Pink Wild Pear
Synonym(s):
Dombeya rosea (Baker f.)
Origin:
Southern Africa
Size:
Small
Flower Colour:
Pink
Features:
Flowers
References:
Coates Palgrave p.709, Joffe, p.221, Johnson p.111, van Wyk 1 p.232.
Pocket List of S.A Indigenous Trees No.:
468.1
Zimbabwe Nat. Tree List No.:
685