Primrose Tree, Cow itch tree
Native to South Pacific and Australia. Rather fast growth to 20–50 ft. Young trees narrow and erect; old ones sometimes spreading to as wide as 40 ft., with 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.
Native to South Pacific and Australia. Rather fast growth to 20–50 ft. Young trees narrow and er...
The most treelike species, to 15 ft. tall and wide. Very large (15-in.) flowers are a peachy apricot c...
Fast growing to 10–12 ft. tall and wide; dull green leaves to 1 ft. long. Sweet-scented, 8&ndash