Height: 20-40'; Spread: 15-30'
Moderate to fast
Evergreen; upright form; dense canopy.
Thick, oval leaves are olive green above, gray beneath.
Pink flowers, 2" wide, fading to white with age.
Brown seed pods persist.
Dull, gray-brown with deep furrows and scaly ridges.
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.
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.