The onset of spring is heralded by the highly ornamental Dombeya rotundifolia with its masses of pinkish white, scented flowers which appear from July to September. The blooms contrast sharply with the dark trunk and branches, creating a spectacular focal point in the garden. The flowers remain on the tree and turn golden brown while the fruit forms and ripens within the flower. In full flower, the tree bears a striking resemblance to the true pear, although it is not a related to the pear family.
Fast growing, the deciduous Wild pear usually reaches a height of 3 to 6 m, but can grow up to 10 m in height. This ornamental tree is single stemmed and has a neat, rounded crown. The leaves are dark green and rounded, changing colour to a lemon yellow before falling in autumn.
The Wild pear is a hardy tree that can withstand drought, frost and windy conditions. It has a non-invasive root system and will flourish, whether planted in a restricted area where space is at a premium or in a large area. The tree can be used as a specimen tree or can be utilised for street planting as it requires very little maintenance. Overall, the Wild pear has great ornamental value, whilst attracting insects and birds to your garden.