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Arabic Name

الخبازي الساحلي

Latin Name

Hibiscus tiliaceus , Malvaceae

English Name

Seacoast Mallow

The Seacoast Mallow is found growing wild in subtropical, coastal regions of southern Asia. It is an ornamental tree attaining up to 10 metres in height and width and, owing to its provenance along watercourses, it tolerates stagnant water better than other trees. High salinity and even brackish water are tolerated. It grows fast in a variety of soils and tolerates some drought, but does not appreciate low atmospheric humidity combined with prolonged dryness. Leaves are heart-shaped, evergreen and make a dense crown. Bright-yellow petals form a cup some 15 cm across with a long carpel protruding from a crimson centre. After just one or two days, they are shed, so that trees are not ideal canopies for pedestrian precincts. Often, they turn orange or red before they are dropped. Apart from this bad habit, there are no further disadvantages, so that this species is often seen as an appealing street tree. Seeds should be stratified and soaked in warm water prior to sowing, and hardwood cuttings also grow readily to imitate the traits of the parent plant. The latter will also flower sooner than plants grown from seeds. The Seacoast Mallow is a vigorous plant that does well in containers. It withstands pruning and may be kept as a small standard or used as a hedge for screening. For flowering, it requires plenty of light, and frequent irrigation with occasional fertilisation is recommended. Light frosts may damage the leaves, but plants recover quickly. There is often confusion in Arriyadh between this plant and Thespesia populnea.

General information

Family Name : Malvaceae
Origin: Sub Tropical
Rainfall: Extremely Humid , Very Humid , Semi Humid
Propagation: Cuttings , Sowing and Pricking Out
Maintenance: Moderate

Environmental conditions

Desiccation: Vulnerable
Drought: Resistant
Irrigation: Medium , High
Salinity: Very High > 5,000 ppm
Hardiness Zones: +3°C

Plant shape

Vigour: Fast Growing , Fairly Fast Growing , Normal Growth Rate
Height: 10 M
Expansion: 10 M
Foliage: Evergreen

Flower

Colour: Red , Purple Deep , Yellow Bright
Size: 15 CM
Flowering Period: From Early March Till Late November

Fruit

Type Of Fruit: Capsule
Size: 2.5 CM

Location of Use :

Public Open Space , Street Neighbour Planting , Linear Planting , Container Planting , Park Planting , Stream Edge , Private Garden , Specimen , Wadi Farm Garden , Swamp

Other choices :

Attractive Foliage , Noise Protection , Attractive Flower , Screen , Dominant Plant

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