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.