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Care of the plant Dombeya tiliacea or Forest wild pear.

Care of the plant Dombeya tiliacea or Forest wild pear

The genus Dombeya, family Malvaceae, includes 400 species of shrubs and trees native to Africa, Central America, and Madagascar. Some species are: Dombeya tiliacea, Dombeya rotundifolia, Dombeya burgessiae, Dombeya wallichii, Dombeya punctata, Dombeya acerifolia, Dombeya x cayeuxii.

Common names: Forest wild pear, Forest dombeya, Little-dog-rose. This species is native of South Africa.

They are perennial shrubs with a rounded shape that reach 6 meters in height. The large 25 cm leaves have a toothed margin, a long petiole, hairiness and a rounded shape. The flowers appear in long hanging umbels and are usually white.

They are used in gardens as isolated specimens or forming bushy groups.

Dombeya tiliacea can grow in full sun or semi-shade exposures. They do not resist frost.

The ideal soil should be well drained and contain organic matter. They can grow in poor, sandy or stony soils.

They are plants resistant to drought; water moderately throughout the year, increasing watering a little in summer.

Fertilize in autumn with manure.

They can be attacked by mites during the summer.

They propagate by seeds sown in spring or by cuttings in autumn.

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Dombeya tiliacea
Dombeya tiliacea
Dombeya tiliacea
Dombeya tiliacea
 

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