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Thespesia populnea

Bhendi tree

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Features

  • Height10m to 15m
  • Spread5m to 8m
  • Growth HabitTall oval
  • Flower ColourYellow then purple

Description

Thespesia populnea (Bhendi tree). This is an evergreen tree which is bushy when young but thins out with age. The leaves are heart-shaped, with cup-shaped yellow flowers that are produced intermittently throughout the year in warm climates.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Tree

Origin

Coastal tropics

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They need a warm, frost-free climate with moist well-drained soil, full sun or morning shade. You can propagate from seeds in the spring or cuttings in the summer.

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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