Tree mallow

Lavatera × clementii 'Rosea'

Tree mallow  - Lavatera × clementii  'Rosea'

Common Name: Tree mallow
Genus: Lavatera
Species: × clementii
Cultivar: 'Rosea'

This plant used to be classified as: Lavatera olbia 'Rosea'.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

This popular tree or shrub is grown for the masses of dark pink hollyhock-like flowers up to 7cm across that smother its branches from June to September. Deeply lobed and bright green, its leaves are attractive too. Extremely long-flowering, this vigorous tree mallow will thrive in a well-drained shrub or mixed border but needs plenty of space to spread itself out as its puts on tremendous growth in just one season. In cold areas of the country it is best grown against a warm wall to minimise wind and frost damage.

  • Garden care: To prevent the shrub from getting straggly, cut back hard to within 30cm (12in) of ground level in spring after all risk of severe frosts has passed. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure round the base of the plant. In exposed areas shorten branches by up to one half in autumn to minimise the risk of wind damage.

  • Goes well with: Hemerocallis ‘Pink Damask’, Eryngium planum 'Blauer Zwerg', Choisya ternata, Deutzia x magnifica, Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’, Echinops ritro.


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