Lavatera bicolor

Tree Mallow
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Plant Type

Shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Medium

Mature Height & Spread

5-8′ x 5-8

Exposure

Full Sun, partial Shade

Water

Medium, Low Water

Flower Color

Purple

Bloom Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Low Water Use, Screen

Container Sizes

#1, #2, #5

Natural Growth Habit

Rounding, Upright

Sunset Garden Zones

6-9, 12-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

6A-8B

Fast-growing evergreen shrub to 5-8’ tall and wide. Can be pruned into a small patio tree. This attractive but relatively short-lived species forms a rounded mound of maple-leaf-like grey-green foliage and is accented with abundant lavender-pink flowers with deep-lavender centers appearing early-spring to mid-fall or nearly year-round in mild climates. Attracts butterflies and is well-suited as an accent in mixed shrub borders or as an attractive backdrop to low-growing annuals or perennials. Also makes a good container specimen. Prefers a well-drained soil and has moderate to light water needs once established. Full sun to partial shade.

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