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 pror 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. Plant in full sun and water deeply and infrequently. It has proven hardy to 28° F.
Dombeya was considered to be a genus in the Byttneriaceae family, a division from the Sterculia family (Sterculiaceae) but is now placed in the large hibiscus family, the Malvaceae. The name Dombeya honors Joseph Dombey, an 18th-century French botanist.