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Lagunaria patersonii
Lagunaria patersonii

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Zones 13, 15-26, H1, H2
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Lagunaria patersonii

Primrose Tree, Cow Itch tree
Malvaceae
Evergreen, Trees

Native to the South Pacific and Australia. Rather fast growth to 20–50 ft. tall. Young trees are narrow and erect; old ones are sometimes spreading to as wide as 40 ft., with a flat-topped look. Densely foliaged in thick, oval, 2–4-in.-long leaves that are olive green above, gray beneath. Pink to rose, 2-in.-wide summer blossoms look similar to hibiscus flowers, fade almost to white with age. ‘Royal Purple’ has purple blossoms.

Brown seed capsules, popular with flower arrangers, hang on for a long time; they split into five sections, revealing bright brown seeds. Handle pods carefully, since they contain short, stiff fibers that can irritate skin and eyes.

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