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Care of the plant Lagunaria patersonii or Primrose tree.

Care of the tree Lagunaria patersonii or Primrose tree

The genus Lagunaria, family Malvaceae, includes a single species of tree or shrub: Lagunaria patersonii.

Common names: Primrose tree, Pyramid tree, Norfolk Island hibiscus, Queensland white oak, Cow itch tree. This species is native to Australia.

They are evergreen trees or shrubs of pyramidal size that reach 15 meters (49.2 feet) in height. The leaves are lanceolate in shape, leathery in texture and bright green on the upper surface and gray on the underside. The abundant flowers are 6 cm in diameter and are mauve, magenta or pink. They bloom during the summer. They produce capsule-shaped fruits that contain seeds with stinging hairs.

They are used to form hedges, as isolated specimens, as screens, in bushy groups, in public parks and in pots. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

Lagunaria patersonii can grow in full sun or semi-shade exposures. They resist occasional frosts down to -8 ºC (17.6 ºF) and pollution in cities.

They need well-drained soils that contain organic matter. The transplant is done in early spring.

Water moderately throughout the year, waiting until the substrate has completely dried.

Fertilize with compost or manure in late winter.

Prune lightly after flowering to maintain a compact appearance.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate by cuttings in early summer or from seeds sown in spring.

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Lagunaria patersonii
Lagunaria patersonii
Lagunaria patersonii