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Pink wild pear

Dombeya burgessiae

Persdrolpeer (Afr.)

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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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, 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.

Geography

Origin
Tropical Africa
Natural climate
Sub-tropical and Tropical

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

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
Sterculiaceae
Flower colour
, Pink, White
Scent
Strong

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.

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