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Pterospermum acerifolium, Dinnerplate Tree

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Pterospermum acerifolium

Dinnerplate Tree
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Dombeyoideae
Origin: Burma
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The Dinner plate tree is outstanding for avenue plantation. Its broad and dense leaves give complete shade. It must be releasing the maximum amount of oxygen in to the atmosphere. The large flowers are unique in shape and have an exotic fragrance. the grounded flower petals cure chronic headache. The outer sepal is of jack color and the inner cepal is of yellow color. The flower is funnel shaped and white. The whole flower gives the look of a designer garment. Huge leaves used as plates in India, where it is grown for shade and for valuable timber similar to oak and teak.

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