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Dombeya seminole

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dombeya (DOM-bee-yuh) (Info)
Species: seminole

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11 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Scogebear On Aug 26, 2008, Scogebear from Boca Raton, FL wrote:

Bought this plant about 2 years ago, very pleased. Bloomed for several months starting in October, tolerates dry conditions when other plants wilt, nice flowers and quick growth. Bees like the flowers and it needs some room, so keep that in mind when planting.

Positive happy_girl On Nov 27, 2006, happy_girl from Redondo Beach, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I purchased this plant (the dwarf variety) through Logees and I'm so happy I did. It is healthy and has grown to beat the band.

On Sunday (11/26), my first bud opened up to display it's colorful beauty. Tonight, I came home to 3 beauties and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest open over the next few days as there are tons of buds.

What a great plant this is. I don't know if I'm imagining things, but when I put my nose right into the flowers, I smell honey!

Positive Carter On Nov 22, 2006, Carter from Houston, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is easy to grow here in zone 9b. It is hardy here with some protection from frosts. I don't know how it might fair without any protection, as I always give it a little shelter (though, still outdoors) to protect any blooms that are on it. Very stunning in full bloom! Has a smaller, slightly more branched structure than D. wallichii and is easily kept in a pot. It appreciates room to grow, however, and will fill a pot in a season - so root pruning (and top pruning) is in order (in spring) if it's to be kept in the same pot. I rarely ever fertilize.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Redondo Beach, California
San Pedro, California
Arcadia, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida (2 reports)
Melbourne, Florida
Miami, Florida
Naples, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida (2 reports)
Houston, Texas
Humble, Texas

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