We're entering winter here in L.A.. It doesn't snow here but it can look a little drab, at times, outside. A lot of plants have gone quiet for the season. Theatre is dark as they say. But wait, to my subtropical surprise, I'm starting to see what look like pink snowballs on some very handsome plants around these parts. The plant in question is Dombeya burgessiae 'Seminole' sometimes referred to as Tropical Hydrangea or Pink Wild Pear.
Dombeya burgessiae 'Seminole' is a shrub/small tree that can grow up to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide. It comes from South Africa and Zimbabwe. As it grows, it forms a densely branched shrub that is covered in big, bold, broadly bountiful leaves. Something about their bigness gives the plant that juicy, jungly vibe. In winter, the shrub gets covered with clusters of flower buds. These buds then burst open into blushingly rich, passionate pink rose-like flowers that punch up the pallid palette of winter as well as cover, and I mean cover, the foliage. Dombeya like full sun, well-draining soil, regular water and temps that remain above 30 degrees fahrenheit/-1 celsius.
Great for subtropical gardens, exotic woodland gardens, and as a colorfully choice screening shrub to provide something a bit out of the ordinary for some winter wonderment. Being commonly called the Tropical Hydrangea, this shrub gives a bit of classic garden fashion but with a tropically vibrant twist.