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Pink Wild Pear

Dombeya burgessiae

Also known as

Persdrolpeer (Afr.), Ibunda

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

12b

USDA zone

13°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

4m

3m

Min

3m

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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A photo of Pink Wild Pear
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Overview

The Pink wild pear with its handsome, large, velvety leaves and fragrant, pretty white-to-pale-pink, cherry-eyed flowers, is known far and wide for being a very easy and adaptable small tree or shrub which adds a tropical, exotic feel to any lightly shaded garden. The multi-branching tree or shrub is ornamental not only due to its exotic flowers but also that its grapevine-shaped leaves provide foliar, tactile and textural interest. Its small dimensions makes this tree ideal for the town house or small garden, as it seldom exceeds 4m in height and spread. It may even be classed as a large shrub, especially when planted in small groups in larger gardens or estates. The pretty pink flowers persist on the plant when they are finished flowering to provide an attractive display of light russet brown flowers which may also be used in dry flower arrangements. The fruits are small, round, furry capsules. ZA Distribution: KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.

Common problems

Will sometimes suffer infestations of False Spider Mite.

    Harvesting

    The harvesting of seed is done with tremendous ease by simply collecting the dried flower heads, which contain the seed.

    Propagation

    Seed

    The seed can then be extracted from the flowerheads and sown in a well-drained seedling mixture in spring. The seed germinates well.

    Cuttings

    Treat semi-hardwood cuttings with rooting hormone and allow to root in well-draining soil.

    Special Features

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts bees, butterflies or other insects.

    Pot plant

    Can be grown in a large container, given sufficient drainage holes.

    Wind break

    Hedge plant

    Uses

    Edible

    Black rhinos reportedly eat both bark and leaves.

    Ornamental

    The pink wild pear also grows very well in light shade, which makes it ideal for planting under the canopy of other trees or against shady southern walls. This species is both easy and very fast growing. Once planted out of its nursery bag it can attain its full size in as little as three years.

    Other uses