Common Names: tree mallow
syn. Lavatera Maritima
Type: Evergreen shrub
Size: 6 ft. high and wide
Flowers: Purple centers with purple stripes, 2-3” across. Blooms most of year, esp. spring through fall. Leaves like maple, 2 to 3 in across.
Uses: Windbreak–tolerates wind, salt spray, heat; also screen, background.
Wildlife: Nectar for birds, bees, butterflies. Deer resistant.
Soil: Well-drained; native to sandy soil on Santa Barbara and Santa Catalina Islands of California.
Water: Low to medium.
Sun: Full sun; some shade in heat.
Pruning: After flowering cut out all dead, diseased and unwanted growth and trim to desired shape and size. With age, prunes into interesting shapes.
Pests & Diseases: Rarely suffers from insect or disease damage. Watch for rust, leaf and stem rot,powdery mildew.
Notes: Comes from same family as Hibiscus. Native to coastal areas of southern France. Hardy to 20°F.