A medium to large tree, originally from Norfolk and Lord Howe Island. A very adaptable tree for a wide range of soils, and can grow from tropical to warm temperate areas. It has attractive pink to mauve flowers in spring and early summer. Copes well with salt laden winds, so very useful for coastal areas, but needs care as the seed pods contain very irritant hairs, a trap for anyone curiously exploring the plant. It is not called the ‘itchy bomb tree’ for nothing! Once the pods open the irritant hairs are released and blown on the wind, and can cause complaints.
|Scientific Name:||Lagunaria patersonia|
|Common Name:||Norfolk Island Hibiscus|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large tree|
|Height:||10 ~ 20 metres|
|Width:||5 ~ 7 metres|
|Flower Colour:||Pink, Mauve|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Coastal garden|
|Climate Zone:||Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
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