Dombeya cymosa, also known as the Natal Dombeya, is a large shrub or small tree native to Africa. It typically grows 5-10 feet tall as a shrub, but can reach up to 10-20 feet as a small tree. It is hardy in USDA Hardiness zones 9-11.
In the garden, Dombeya cymosa prefers full sun to semi-shade and moderate levels of water. It is not drought-tolerant and should be watered on a regular basis. The foliage is glossy green and fairly evergreen in warmer climates. The blooms of this plant are white or off-white and star-like, appearing in the late winter or early spring. They attract a variety of pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds.
Planting and care of Dombeya cymosa is easy and rewarding. When planting, choose a spot with well-drained soil, full sun to semi-shade, and water moderately and consistently for best results. For plants in colder regions, grow in containers or pots and move indoors in winter. Container-grown plants require more frequent watering and protect from colder temperatures.
Dombeya cymosa makes an excellent addition to any garden, especially in the late winter and early spring when its star-shaped flowers bring the garden alive with its beauty. With proper care and maintenance, this hardy tree will thrive and bring life to your garden.