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PlantFiles: Tropical Hydrangea, Pink-Ball
Dombeya wallichii

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dombeya (DOM-bee-yuh) (Info)
Species: wallichii (wall-IK-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Assonia wallichii
Synonym:Astrapaea penduliflora
Synonym:Astrapaea wallichii
Synonym:Dombeya wallichii

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
Unknown - Tell us


2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MotherNature4 On Dec 23, 2014, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The old has become new. I recall the first time I noticed this plant back in the 1950's. An elderly neighbor told me she had been growing so long, she couldn't remember how she got it. She said she thought it went back to the Civil War period and called it Confederate something. I can't remember now.

I easily grew cuttings from it and gave them to my friends in the Bartow Garden Club. The flowers dry nicely and can even be spray painted to use in arrangements.

Neutral Kimeen On Mar 28, 2013, Kimeen from Williston, FL wrote:

There is a Pink Ball Tree on the UF campus near McCarty Hall, in a well-protected place - flowers in Feb. if the winter has been mild enough. It has incredible flower-balls that smell of honey, and attracts every bee in the neighborhood!

Positive SierraTigerLily On May 12, 2009, SierraTigerLily from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Creates really lovely pompom displays of flowers surrounded by tropical leaves. I've placed the tall shrub in a back corner where the bees and flies who visit this plant won't bother anyone. I've also removed the lower branches and trained it as a topiary with a 12ft. terminus. The leaves contrast nicely with bamboo. Removing the lower branches gives a better view of the base of the Buddha belly bamboo and provides interest. This plant is popular in my neighborhood where many people have mistakenly planted it as a low shrub near their front doors. This means that they have to repeatedly prune it by half. I hate to think what the bees and flies do to guests who have to walk by it.


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

Chandler, Arizona
San Pedro, California
Stockton, California
Bartow, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Land O' Lakes, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
North Port, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Tavares, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Cypress, Texas
Houston, Texas
Spring, Texas

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