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Dillenia indica

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Family: Dilleniaceae
Genus: Dillenia (dil-LEN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: indica (IN-dih-kuh) (Info)

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Category:
Trees

Height:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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

Foliage:
Evergreen

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive Monocromatico On Mar 11, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Very interesting and uncommon asiatic tree, reaching up to 40m tall, but starting to bloom when it's 4 or 5 m tall. The continuous trunk (with significant branching only on the very top) is covered with a smooth, light brown bark. The alternate leaves are big, light green, and pleated, making the tree atractive as it is... if it wasn't by the flowers.

The flowers are huge. I mean, huge, reaching up to 20cm (around 9in) diameter. The floral buds come solitary on the leaf axils, and they are like big and heavy balls, closed by thick green sepals. The 5 petals are big too, white and thick. There are a lot of stamens distributed in 12 whorls around the ovarium, made of several carpels. Looking at the flower (almost always pendulous, due to the weight), you see several long stigmae, forming a white, star shaped structure in the middle of the flower. It has a sweet scent that atracts bees of all sorts, and last only one day. The fruit is covered by an yellow pulp and is edible. Each carpel has many seeds.

The flower and fruit are edible. Many parts of the plant are used for medicinal purposes. It can be cultivated in many kinds of soil, but preffers acidic sandy loams. It likes full sun, high temperatures, and moderate moisture.

Regional...

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

Lakeland, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Miami, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida



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