Tropical Rose Hydrangea
Dombeya seminole

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

Category:

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Evergreen

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

3
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Positive

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

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

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.