Pink Wild Pear

Dombeya burgessiae

Persdrolpeer (Afr.), Ibunda

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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 & 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 to any garden - big or small. ZA Distribution: KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn, Winter

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

Special features

Origin

Tropical Africa

Natural climate

Sub-tropical and Tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Clay

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

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.

Personality

Family

Malvaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

Strong

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.

Credits

profile iconDombeya burgessiae
by Andrew Hankey, Witwatersrand Botanical Garden, April 2001 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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