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Strawberry Snowball Tree

Dombeya cacuminum

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Strawberry Snowball Tree (Dombeya cacuminum) at Roger's Gardens

Strawberry Snowball Tree flowers

Strawberry Snowball Tree flowers

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Strawberry Snowball Tree (Dombeya cacuminum) at Roger's Gardens

Strawberry Snowball Tree flowers

Strawberry Snowball Tree flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Strawberry Snowball Tree (Dombeya cacuminum) at Roger's Gardens

Strawberry Snowball Tree in bloom

Strawberry Snowball Tree in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  9b

Description:

A beautiful evergreen tree with large, maple-like, dark green leaves; large clusters of brilliant red flowers hang at the branch tips in spring, then drop to the ground for a dry floral display; water deeply and infrequently; a fine landscape accent tree

Ornamental Features

Strawberry Snowball Tree features showy clusters of coral-pink bell-shaped flowers with red overtones at the ends of the branches from late winter to mid spring. It has dark green foliage. The large glossy lobed leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Strawberry Snowball Tree is an evergreen tree with a shapely oval form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Strawberry Snowball Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Strawberry Snowball Tree will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features