Plant of the week – Dombeya x cayeuxii is not for every garden. This stunning small tree originates from the east Africa/Madagascar region and will only grow in frost free areas. Málaga (Spain) is such a spot, the specimen seen in this photo flourishes. The pink blooms look so delightfully pretty, almost surreal in their perfection. Pollinators are all over them. To see this scenario four days away from Christmas is eyebrow raising, putting a silly smile on my face.
Plant of the week – Dombeya x cayeuxii
Also known as pink snowball tree this plant is an evergreen, or semi-deciduous small tree or shrub depending on (frost free) climate. Maximum height is around 7 metres. There are other reasons than just the fabulous blooms to like this plant. The leaves are spectacularly large, and it has an attractive rounded crown.
Pink snowballs apparently like a sunny position, this specimen, however, is positioned in partial shade and seems to like it there rather a lot. It’s not all that fussy about the soil, but likes it well-drained. It tolerates hard pruning which should take place after flowering which ends in early spring. Being drop dead gorgeous, this a tree that should stand alone. If only I lived in a frost free zone …