Dombeya natalensis - Plant

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Dombey, Showy Dombeya, Maple Leaved
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Dombeya is a flowering plant genus. Traditionally included in the family Sterculiaceae, it is included in the expanded Malvaceae in the APG and most subsequent systematics.

Common name: Dombey, Showy Dombeya, Maple Leaved
Color: green
Bloom time: April
Height: 40.00 to 50.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Plant where they will receive a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of full sun per day. Plants grown in weak sun may not die at once, but they weaken gradually. Give them plenty of organic matter when planting and don’t crowd them.Wear sturdy gloves to protect your hands from prickly thorns.

Sunlight: Full sun

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Dry to medium

Temprature: 15°C

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • Feed plants on a regular basis before and throughout the blooming cycle (avoid chemical fertilizers and pesticides if you’re harvesting for the kitchen).
  • Once a month between April and July, apply a balanced granular fertilizer (5-10-5 or 5-10-10).
  • Allow ¾ to 1 cup for each bush, and sprinkle it around the drip line, not against the stem.


Special Feature:
Shade tree or lawn tree. This rare species deserves a prominent location in the landscape. May be difficult to find in commerce.
Use
Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose.


Note:
Although susceptible to a large number of potential insect and disease pests, this tree is generally considered to be durable and long-lived with no significant problems.

Reference:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ http://www.flowersofindia.net/

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