Lagunaria patersonii is a rare fast growing pyramidal evergreen tree with 4-5" long leaves. It develops 2-3" hibiscus like solitary bright pink flowers in summer that fade to pale pink. Flowers bloom summer to fall. Flowers are followed by pendant fuzzy brown capsules which release kidney-shaped seeds when ripe.
It is not a true Hibiscus, but does belong to the same plant family, Malvaceae. Lagunaria patersonii is the only species in the genus Lagunaria. Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Winter hardy to Zones 9b-11 (temperatures down to about 25 degrees F) or indoor container.
Other Names: Hibiscus patersonius, Lagunaria patersonia, rare seeds, exotic flowering tree, sally wood, 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.