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2009
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.

References

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

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