Boucle d'Oreille, Earring Tree
Trochetia boutoniana

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Trochetia (tro-SHAY-tee-a) (Info)
Species: boutoniana (boo-ton-ee-AH-na) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Annuals

Shrubs

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Bronze-Green

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Feb 18, 2007, timrann from Other
Mauritius wrote:

Trochetias are endemic to Mauritius, about 5 species which are boutoniana, uniflora, triflora, blackburniana and parviflora (which is the rarest among them.) T. boutoniana can be found in some nurseries now and it is also the national flower of Mauritius.

In its natural habitats does not propagates easily due to vegetal parasites like the "chinese guava" and also because monkeys eat and destroy the fruits and seeds. There have been several stamps issued for Trochetias. Can be propagated by seeds but is less difficult by air-layering. There is also one variety which is endemic to Reunion island, that is Trochetia granulata . Trochetia boutoniana's flowers are bell-shaped like T. blackburniana. Though it's easy to propagate by air layering, it tend to stay small or ... read more