Primrose Tree

Lagunaria patersonii

Lagunaria patersonii (Primrose Tree) - full view

Full view

Lagunaria patersonii (Primrose Tree) - flowers & leaves

Foliage detail

Lagunaria patersonii (Primrose Tree) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 20-40'; Spread: 15-30'

  • Growth: Moderate to fast
  • Character:

    Evergreen; upright form; dense canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Thick, oval leaves are olive green above, gray beneath.

  • Flower:

    Pink flowers, 2" wide, fading to white with age. 

  • Fruit:

    Brown seed pods persist.

  • Bark:

    Dull, gray-brown with deep furrows and scaly ridges.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Low. Early pruning will train a good shape; regular pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), sandy soils, wind and salt air. 

  • Special Considerations:

    Wear gloves and glasses when working around seedpods - can irritate skin and eyes. Needs good drainage.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to South Pacific and Australia; related to hibiscus. Blooms best in coastal conditions. Form is less narrow and erect in old age.