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PlantFiles: Tree Mallow
Lavatera arborea 'Variegata'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lavatera (lav-uh-TEER-uh) (Info)
Species: arborea (ar-BOR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata

15 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is resistant to deer
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)
over 9.1 (very alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Zanymuse On Apr 11, 2001, Zanymuse from Scotia, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant will often grow to 6-12 feet in ht. It propagates from seed easily and will even do well in poor soil. In fact it seems to prefer poor rocky soil to composted or enriched soil.

This plant acts as a Biennial but if the seeds are stripped off the plant will reflower again the following spring. I have managed to keep one plant alive for 4 years now by stripping it almost completely once the seed pods are ready to harvest.

Identification was made possible by the Plant ID Forum here at Dave's Garden


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

Calistoga, California
Carlotta, California
Citrus Heights, California
Eureka, California
San Leandro, California
Vista, California
Barbourville, Kentucky
South Beach, Oregon
Aberdeen, Washington
Lynden, Washington
Sequim, Washington
Shoreline, Washington

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