Wallenia laurifolia, Dominican Beauty

Wallenia laurifolia

Dominican Beauty
Family: Primulaceae    (Formerly:Myrsinaceae)
Origin: West Indies
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersFragrant plant

Wallenia laurifolia, or the 'Dominican Beauty' is a large shrub native to the West Indies. Growing from 5-10ft tall, this visually pleasing landscaping option requires a full sun or semi-shady environment and regular watering for its optimal growth. Water should be moderate and given regularly throughout the summer months and reduced during the winter months.

The flowers of the Wallenia laurifolia are small and fragrant, with a creamy white or off-white color. These flowers bloom in the summer season and they add an additional sense of elegance to the shrub's beautiful, glossy green foliage. This shrub can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11 to provide visual interest to a garden.

For the best care, plant your Wallenia laurifolia in a humus-rich and well drained soil. It will form a dense shrub if pruned, however it is best if done in the winter. Depending on its size, you may also consider growing it in a pot for its first few years. In colder regions, where the shrub cannot become established outdoors, it is best to keep in a container and bring inside during the winter season. When bringing indoors, be sure to place near a south facing window for adequate sunlight and water it regularly.

Wallenia laurifolia, Dominican Beauty
Wallenia laurifolia, Dominican Beauty
Wallenia laurifolia, Dominican Beauty

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