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Dombeya cacuminum - Strawberry Snowball Tree
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Malvaceae (w/Bombacaceae & Sterculeacea)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Rose
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 40-50 feet
Width: 15-25 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Dombeya cacuminum (Strawberry Snowball Tree) - Dombeya cacuminum is a beautiful evergreen tree from Madagascar. It is a narrow upright tree to 50 feet tall with large maple-like leaves and in spring the 1 foot wide clusters of coral-red flowers hang at the branch tips. Unlike other Dombeya species in cultivation, the flowers drop to the ground prior to drying, making for a floral display on the ground and a much more attractive tree in and out of bloom. Several large specimens are planted in the Huntington Botanic Garden and a very nice tree can be viewed at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens in Santa Barbara. Hardy to 28 F. Plant in full sun and water deeply and infrequently. Dombeya is a genus in the Byttneriaceae family, a recent division from the Sterculia family (Sterculiaceae). The name Dombeya honors Joseph Dombey, an 18th-century French botanist.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Dombeya cacuminum.
 
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