For those living in frost free climates, choosing flowering plants and shrubs to incorporate into the garden may feel overwhelming. With so many options, where do you start? Well if you’re focused on ornamental beauty, then choosing varieties that bloom profusely and provide full season interest is the way to go. The pink tropical hydrangea (Dombeya burgessiae) is one such plant.
Dombeya Plant Information
Tropical hydrangea plant, also known as pink wild pear flower, is a native of Africa. Reaching heights of 15 feet (5 m.), this medium sized shrub produces large clusters of pink blooms. Though technically not a member of the hydrangea family, wild pear tropical hydrangea receives its namesake for reminiscent mop-like flowerheads.
These fast-growing plants are ideal for adding privacy or color to yard spaces.
Growing Pink Wild Pear Tropical Hydrangea
Though some have attempted to grow pink wild pear Dombeya in containers, the plants are best suited for growth outdoors in tropical regions.
Before planting, select the ideal location. Make certain to consider the size of the plant at maturity when placing within landscapes. Tropical hydrangea plants grow best in sites that receive light shade throughout the day.
Pink wild pear tropical hydrangea plants are fairly carefree, as long as growth requirements are met. This includes planting in soil that is both well-draining and slightly acidic.
Routine pruning can be done each growing season after flowering has ceased. This will help gardeners maintain the desired shape and size of the plant, as well as help to keep flower borders looking neat and tidy.
Though tender to frost, pink wild pear Dombeya is able to tolerate occasional cold temperatures. Within their native range, these plants behave as evergreen perennials. Brief exposure to cold may cause yellowing and leaf drop. Most plants that have been damaged in this way will recover and resume growth when temperatures warm in the late winter or spring.