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Lagunaria patersonii/Primrose Tree, Cow Itch Tree

Lagunaria patersonii / Lagunaria patersonii
Large specimen tree growing in a Southern California botanical garden
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Large specimen tree growing in a Southern California botanical garden

A close-up view of the olive-green foliage

Foliage

Large, mature specimen tree

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Scientific Name: Lagunaria patersonii
Common Name: Primrose Tree, Cow Itch Tree
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Bloom time: Fall
Flower color: Pink
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: This is a relatively small evergreen native tree of Australia that grows in warm temperate climates and moist subtropical regions. It produces olive-green leaves which are two to four inches long with grayish coloring on the underside. It produces pink flowers, somewhat like a hibiscus, a distant relative.