Pacific rosewood, Thespesia populnea

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Botanical name:- Thespesia populnea.

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Scientific nameThespesia populnea
Common nameThespesia populnea, portia tree, Pacific rosewood, Indian tulip tree
Temperature requirement25-35 °C
LightFull-partial sunny area.
WateringWater everyday &keep moist
Pet friendlinessNoxic to pets and humans
Maximum plant height10 m to 20 m
Potting mixPotting soil/red soil/manure/perlite
Pot requirementGood drainage&repot every 1-2 years
NutritionApply manure for first 15 days and npk for next 15 days
Pruning&trainingRemove dead & diseased leaves with sterile shears
Common color & season
DescriptionCommonly known as the portia tree or seaside mahoe, this is a small tree originating in sou theast asia and found throughout the tropics. . Growing rapidly, it reaches a height of up to 10-15 metres and a spread of 4 metres. The bark is brown and corrugated, while the twigs scaly. The shiny green leaves are heart shaped, from 5 to 20 cm long. The cup shaped, hibiscus like, pale yellow flowers are 5 to 8 cm in size, with a dark blotch at the base of the petals. Produced throughout the year, they last for one to two days, before turning maroon and dropping. The fruit capsule is a flattened leathery ball with greyish brown seeds. The portia tree grows in many soil types including those based on quartz, limestone, and basalt; it favours neutral soils and sandy coastal soils, tolerating saline conditions. It requires full sun, is cold sensitive, but withstands mild frosts and resists wind. T. Populnea is drought tolerant, but requires regular irrigation in summer in united arab emirates. It is easily propagated from scarified seed and cuttings. Pests are not generally observed. Used for medicinal purposes, this tree is much valued for its timber and for soil stabilisation and windbreaks. It makes a good, compact tree for gardens, patios and terraces, and can be planted in groups in parks or used as a shade tree for pathways. Easily kept in shape by pruning, only low maintenance is necessary.

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