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PRIMROSE TREE
Lagunaria patersonii

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Photo Locations: UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA, Quail Arboretum - Encinitas, CA, San Marcos Growers - Santa Barbara, CA and Santa Barbara City College

General Notes

Saline and smog tolerant. Fine hairs within the seed capsule can cause itchiness. Little watering necessary.

Native to the South Pacific and Australia.

Family: Malvaceae

Additional Common Names

PRIMROSE TREE, COW ITCH TREE, NORFOLK ISLAND HIBISCUS

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a High Canopy.

Oval Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 30 - 50 feet.

Width: 20 feet.

Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Oval, Gray Green, Red, Gold, Orange or Multicolored, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Pink, Rose or White. Flowers in Summer or Fall. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Brown Capsule, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall Wildlife use it.

Bark Dark Gray, Light Gray or Light Green, Furrowed or Rough.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 13 and 15 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Moderate on Coast.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Phytophthora and Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Irritant Health Hazard.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Wildlife use Fruit.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Lagunaria patersonii Tree Record." 1995-2017. Nov 23, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/lagunaria-patersonii >

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