Dombeya spectabilis (Dombeya)

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Dombeya spectabilis (Dombeya)

Post by M Farooq » December 15th, 2013, 9:47 am

Botanical Name Dombeya spectabilis
Family Malvaceae
Local Name in Urdu Not available
Common Name Dombeya
Life Cycle Please tell us
Cultivar Name N/A
Fragrant or Not Not perceptible
Category(Bush/Vine/Tree) Small tree
Height 12-15 ft
Spacing Spacing between plants should be at least 6 feet
Flowering Months December till January/February in Lahore
Flower Color Light pink
Growing Areas The photographed specimen is growing in Lahore
Frost Tender Not available
Exposure Full sunlight
Soil pH No specific issues known
Propagation Seeds, air layering
Uses Ornamental tree
Other Details (by M.I. Khurram) Native to Tropical Africa and Madagascar, it can be propagated by seeds, cuttings and mostly by air layering which is mostly used by the nurseries. There is also another variety having dark pink flowers but it has not proven to be as resilient as this cultivar. This is a small tree which attains a height around 12-15 feet and bears clusters of light pinkish flowers similar to Hydrangea. Extremely beneficial for the wildlife flowers of this cultivar attract honey bees and wasps. A small sampling can be purchased around Rs 150-200 and grows rapidly grows to 6 feet tall within an year if planted in a site having full sun.Propagation through cuttings is possible but air layering is generally used by nurseries. The spent flowers & branches can be cut sideways after the flowering period to maintain a tidy shape
Photo credits: M. I. Khurram

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Re: Dombeya spectabilis (Dombeya)

Post by mikhurram » December 15th, 2013, 10:10 am

Dr Farooq the flowering time for this tree is from December till January/February. Spacing between plants should be at least 6 feet. Propagation through cuttings is possible but air layering is generally used by nurseries. The spent flowers & branches can be cut sideways after the flowering period to maintain a tidy shape.

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Re: Dombeya spectabilis (Dombeya)

Post by Muhammad Arif Khan » August 17th, 2016, 9:56 am

This plant is also available in pink (grafted)
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Keep removing sprouting of mother plant or the white will over take.

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