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Norfolk Island hibiscus

Lagunaria patersonii

Also known as

Cow itch tree, Primrose tree, Queensland pyramidal tree

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

10m

7m

Min

7m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Norfolk Island hibiscus Overview

It will produce a neat, pyramid-shaped tree, this warm-climate evergreen produces oval, leathery leaves with a coating of greyish hairs. The flowers are profuse pale pink to almost purple; they will bloom during the summer and are about 5cm across. The seed pods contain bright orange seeds amongst irritant bristles.

Common problems with Norfolk Island hibiscus

How to propagate Norfolk Island hibiscus

Seed

Seed in spring.

Cuttings

Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Other uses of Norfolk Island hibiscus

Grown for its flowers in summer-autumn and its overall appearance. Suitable for coastal conditions.