Dombeya tiliacea (Endl.) Planch.
Trees and shrubs | Magnoliopsida

Scientific name - Dombey tiliacea (Endl.) Planch.

Dombey, Joseph Dombey in honor of French botanist (1742-1794).

Synonyms - Xeropetalum tiliaceum

Popular names - Dombey of hoja de Tilo.

Distribution and Habitat - originally from South Africa, indigenous to KwaZulu and Eastern Cape.

Description - shrub or small tree, 3.10 x 2.7 m, trunk branched, bark dark gray, rough. Leaves alternate, 4.9 x 3-7 cm, three-lobed basis cordata, margine teeth face bottom covered with fine hairs, stalks pelos, 1-3 cm. Flowers campanulata, 3-4 cm diameter, axillary or terminal, solitary or grouped in a raceme, petals white, obovata. Blooms in August-September. Fruit capsule, round peloasa, 0.5-1 cm in diameter. Seeds black.

Growth rate - fast. 4 mi n 3 years, first flowering occurs after 3 years.

Tolerances - drought, poor soils and light frosts.

Requirements - soil well-drained, fertile, exhibitions sunny or semi-shade.

Management - is clipped after flowering.

Propagation - by seeds in spring or cuttings in summer. The seeds should be harvested immediately after drying flowers.

Natural partners and Garden - Capparis tomentosa, Coddia rudis, Commiphora harveyi, Deinbollia oblongifolia, Diospyros scabrida, Diospyros simii, Diospyros villosa, Homalium dentatum, Nuxia congesta, Ochna arborea, Olea woodiana, Sclerochiton harveyanus.

Properties and Uses - species ideal for small gardens.


Bill Sheat, Gerald Schofield - Complete Gardening in Southern Africa - Struik Publishers, 1995

Davif Johnson, Sally Johns - Gardening with Indigenous Trees - Struik Publishers, 2002

Keith Kirsten - Gardening with Keith Kirsten - Struik Publishers, 2001

Roger Spencer - Horticultural Flora of South-Eastern Australia - University of Washington Press, 1995

See also
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Abutilon darwinii

Abutilon darwinii - ornamental shrub originating in S Brazil. In hot climates are grown as ornamental plants in parks and gardens in cold climates are grown in pots for indoor or greenhouse.

Sophora davidii

Sophora derived from Arabic and means tree with pea flowers. Specific epithet is in honor davidii Abbe Armand David, a French missionary and naturalist who contributed to the knowledge of flora and fauna of China.

Sophora davidii is from Hubei, China, where it grows on rocky places at elevations of 1 000 - 3 500 m.

Wisteria sinensis - Chinese wisteria

Wisteria sinensis - is considered invasive in some places around the globe. In most cases become established in places where it is cultivated ornamental.

Where there is danger of becoming glycineinvasive is better to be replaced with Aristolochia macrophylla, Bignonoa capreolata, Campsis radicand, Lonicera sempervirens, Wisteria frutescens.

Syzygium aromaticum - clove

Small, oblong fruit with little pulp. The dried flower buds of this tree are the cloves of commerce. All parts of the tree are highly aromatic. It is used in the form of a paste or mixture as dental cement.

Camellia japonica

Evergreen ornamental plant of the Theaceae family, native from Eastern Asia, its origin is still controversial, being considered by some as species indigenous from Japonia and, by others, from China. It was introduced into Europe by the Portuguese in 1542 and soon spread to Spain, England, France and Italy; into United States at the beginning of the 18th century, and in Australia during the mid 19th century.

Coreopsis tinctoria

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Capparis spinosa L. - caper

Undergrowth, with root wood and lignificate stems at the base, erect in the basal portions. Leaves alternate, two stipele turned into thorns, persistent or obsolete, short stalks, oval or subrotund language, edge entire, flashy, green-glauca. Flowers solitary, peduncle long in upper leaf axilla; calyx of 4 sepa green, Corola of 4 white petals, stamens many red-purple color.

Berberis vulgaris

Bush single, thorny, 2-4 m high. Branches long, arched, with many thorns collected 3; in young yellow, then brown, yellow-gray in old age. Yellow Wood. Leaves simple, outdated, short stalks; oblung language, dark green, glossy on top, the more open on the underside, edge finely toothed, are inserted into the beam to ascela thorns.

Nigella sativa L.

Nigella sativa - annual species, native to the Mediterranean, the Balkans, Asia Minor, Caucasus, western Asia, India and North Africa.

It was used by Greeks to treat congestion agipteni and nose, toothaches, headaches, abdominal pains, rheumatism, and as a diuretic.

Cerastium tomentosum - snow in summer

Cerastium tomentosum - is a commonly grown rock-garden, often escape from cultivation.

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