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Lavatera maritima (Tree Mallow)

Tree Mallow, Lavatera Bicolor, Lavatera maritima Bicolor, Lavatera 'Maritime', Malva Bicolor, Seaside Lavatera


Lavatera maritima (Tree mallow) is a pretty, medium-sized, semi-evergreen sub-shrub with large, luminous, pale lavender flowers, 3 in. across (7 cm), adorned with a purple throat and reddish-violet veins radiating from it. Blooming heavily throughout the summer, this plant continues to bloom lightly throughout the rest of the year, in optimum conditions. Fast-growing, this shrub features an airy silhouette and a lush foliage of maple-shaped gray-green leaves. Adding a splash of color in drought-resistant gardens, this easy care plant also attracts bees and other beneficial insects, which will help to invite natural pest control in your garden. Great as a background plant for the mixed border, Lavatera maritima is short-lived and usually does not last more than 5 years.

  • Awarded the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows with a mounding habit to 6-8 ft. high (180-240 cm) and 4-6 ft. wide (120-180 cm).
  • Easily grown in light, moderately fertile, well-drained soils in full sun. Provide a sheltered location to protect it from cold, drying winds. Once established, needs only occasional watering. Mallows thrive in drier soils and are drought tolerant.
  • Great for wall-side borders, beds and borders, Mediterranean gardens, city gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, banks and slopes or patio and containers .
  • Attracts butterflies, birds and hummingbirds.
  • Virtually pest free. May be subject to stem rot, soil-borne fungal diseases and a rust
  • Prune lightly after the first flush to encourage additional flowering. Prune hard to shape and rejuvenate in fall.
  • Propagate by taking softwood cuttings in spring or by seed sown in spring
  • Native to the western Mediterranean

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Lavatera - Tree Mallows
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Lavatera - Tree Mallows
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spread 4' – 6' (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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