Southern United States, from Virginia south to central Florida, and from eastern Texas through to Oklahoma.
30m x 35m
Single trunk, pyramidal shape tree.
Large glossy dark green leaves up to 30cm long and 18cm wide, with a dark brown pubescence on the underside.
Very large glossy white flowers up to 25 – 30cm across with a very strong lemony citronella fragrance.
Rose-coloured ovoid fruit from 10 cm long to 5 cm wide, which when ripens it will burst open to reveal bright red seed.
Bark / Trunk:
Relatively smooth bark and trunk when young but will become rougher with age.
Vigour / Longevity:
Relatively slow growing and can easily live to over 150 years.
Full sun to part shade.
Can handle extremely cold situations from heavy frost to snow when established, can also tolerate first line salt, but will not tolerate fire.
Soil / Drainage:
From very sandy soils (including sand dune areas) through to wetter soils. Do not tolerate water inundation.
Prune to desired shape. Can be used as a hedge or screen plant and can tolerate heavy pruning if required.
Maintain water in warmer months but cannot handle long periods of inundation.
General long life slow release fertilizer.
Pests / Diseases:
Prone to collar rot if soil or mulch is build up around trunk. Scale and woolly aphids.
From a small garden tree pruned to maintain compact growth, to an avenue plant. A great street and shade tree, also used in large parks and gardens as lawn features.
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