~~ Blush~~ I bought it thinking it was a hydrangia, the woman at the nursery had no idea what any of the plants there were. I came to the conclusion that it was a dombeya seminole from searching the web. The one drawback and the reason I concluded it is a seminole is that sadly it has no fragrance. The blooms do make up for it though.
The hubs wont be planting it until this weekend so I will keep searching for answers, hopefully someone here has experience with it.
I have dombeya wallichi so don't know how similar it is to dombeya seminole but they look alot a like. I've heard mine referred to as a tropical hydrangea tree and I keep my lower branches trimmed so that it does form more like a tree.
I had this discussion once before with a DG'er and I can't recall who it was, but he knew the difference between the two. I am thinking he said mine wasn't a seminole, but I just don't know the difference. All I do know is that I'm a pink fanatic and just love the blooms.
I saw a plant of Dombeya in a park near my town, so I am desperate to get some cuttings from that plant. I really want to get this gorgeous plant. (Flowers pink color). Ia m going to try with some cuttings. Any info about its culture is welcome!
Hi Cindy, what a beautiful plant!!!
i just want to welcome you to this forum, i hope you enjoy chatting with everybody here. i am known as "middlin isaac", so i am not one of the people who have been here that long. :-) But i do love this forum, its my favorite!!
i know i speak for everyone when i say, we hope to see you posting!!
What a surprise! I went to visit The Ark of the Herbs, it is a garden that also sells medicinal herbs. It really has a large collection of these kind of plants. In this place you can also find a collection of tree and ornamentals. So I found two bushes of Dombeya. The manager of this place gave to me some cuttings of this plant. I am happy :)
Hope you don't mind me piggybacking on this old thread but I thought this might be the best place to get some help.
I have two dombeyas: one is an inground seedling grown from seed sold to me as D. burgessiae from a seller in the US. The other is potted, sold to me as a small plant (almost certainly a cutting) as D. cayeuxii from a seller at a local garden festival. They have now both flowered for the first time in our Aussie autumn. I'm wondering if one or both of them is mislabelled.
1. The flowers are very similar, except that the cayeuxii are slightly smaller. I also couldn't detect any scent this morning while the burgessiae still had a very light floral/blossom fragrance when I sniffed it this morning.
2. The leaves are similar in shape but different in size; perhaps this is due to the fact that one has room for its roots to spread and one doesn't? The most important difference though is that they have different textures. Only the burgessiae has a velvety almost cushioned texture, similar to the leaves of certain scented pelargoniums. (The leaves aren't scented.)
3. The plants themselves are different sizes but, once again, growing conditions could account for this.
4. Note that only the two labelled flowers in photo 3 are cayeuxii; the others are burgessiae.
So, any ideas on whether these dombeyas are correctly labelled? I'd have said that the two were identical if it weren't for the texture of the leaves. BTW, I'm not even sure that the burgessiae is in fact a burgessiae because of the paleness of its flowers. Any thoughts on that?
Welcome Cindy...I am not familiar with this plant but looked it up because it is so pretty and interesting. The information i found says that it grows as a bush 6-7 feet wide and can also be trained as a tree that will grow 10 feet with a trunk the "size of a thigh" (they don't say whose thigh). Here is the reference http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/flgard/msg0218464010073.html. I have the idea that the bush could be pruned to something smaller.
I have a butterfly garden and it is already packed with plants. I would like to add this one but just don't have the space! People really seem to love this plant. One comment was not to plant it close to a door because of all the bees and other nectar lovers it will attract. Sounds like a winner, this plant, good luck with it.
Although this is an older thread, I just found it...
This past December I planted some cuttings I got from a DOMBEYA WALLICHII aka 'Tropical Hydrangea' that are growing wild not too far from where we live. Every time I drove by that section of road I was struck by how gorgeous the flowers were but the ones by the main road are too high and in a dangerous place - by a bridge - to get close to, so we started driving around in the area on the back roads and found a whole stand of them. These bloom usually around mid November to late December.
They smell like buttercream icing!
I'm hoping my cuttings grow, although they seem to be struggling a bit.