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Thespesia Genus

Portia tree

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Thespesia genus (Portia tree). There are about 17 species of evergreen perennial, shrubs and trees. The shape of the leaf can vary from heart-shaped, oval and palmate with up to 9 lobes. The flowers are 5-petalled and usually bell-shaped and are either yellow or orange with red or purple centres, and are borne singly or in small clusters.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Shrubs or Trees

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 16-18C and will need full light and well drained soil in full sun or morning shade. You should prune annually in early spring to maintain this plant as a shrub.

Propagation

Propagation is by seeds in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly and red spider mite may be a nuisance.

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