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Products > Dombeya wallichii
Dombeya wallichii - Pink Ball Tree
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Malvaceae (w/Bombacaceae & Sterculeacea)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Fall/Winter
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 15-20 feet
Width: 15-30 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Dombeya wallichii (Pink Ball Tree) - Heart-shaped, large, velvety leaves adorn this interesting large shrub or small tree from East Africa and Madagascar. Hanging from within the foliage in the autumn and winter are balls of fragrant pale pink flowers. When the flowers fade, they don't fall off, but remain, first fading to paler pink then light brown. This is considered either a shrub or small tree, growing to 25 ft. tall. It prefers either sun or part shade, and is not very frost hardy (30 degrees F.). Foliage takes on a bronze tone with first frost. It grows well in moist, fertile soil. There is a great deal of confusion between Dombeya wallichii and a hybrid of D. wallichii crossed with D. burgessiae that is called D. x cayeuxii. The two are very similar but differ in that D. x cayeuxii has 3 lobed leaves, white at the base of its petals and smaller bracts subtending the umbels of flowers. In her book "Color for the Landscape", Mildred Mathias notes that these two plants are often confused with D. x cayeuxii often "erroneously identified as D. wallichii". 

This information about Dombeya wallichii displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.