This spectacular and rare Australian plant is endemic to parts of coastal Queensland. Though it is commonly called the “Norfolk Island Hibiscus”, it is however not a true Hibiscus, but does belong to the same plant family, Malvaceae. Lagunaria patersonia the only species in the genus Lagunaria.
Lagunaria patersonia is a fast growing pyramidal tree with 4-5" long leaves. It develops 2" hibiscus like pink flowers in summer and early autumn. The petals are pale pink or mauve in color, fading to white and are of waxy texture.
Other Names: Pyramid tree, Norfolk Island Hibiscus, Itch Tree, Cow Itch Tree, Itchy Pod Tree, Itchy Pod Tree, White Oak, White Wood Tree, Queensland Pyramid Tree, Sally Wood, Sugar Plum Tree, Tulip Tree, Norfolk Hibiscus, Primrose Tree, Pyramid tree, Queensland white oak.