Dombeya cacuminum
strawberry snowball tree

Malvaceae (mallow family)
Madagascar

Evergreen, tree with large, alternate maple-shaped leaves and foot wide-clusters of coral red flowers, which drop to the ground prior to drying, creating an interesting garden effect. Our trees were transplanted from 15 gallon containers at the north side of the Faculty Club in February, 2008, and Margaret Jacks Hall (bottom of stairs near a lamppost) in December, 2007. A third specimen was still in the Grounds’ nursery at that time; it is not known where it was planted.

Name derivation: Dombeya – Joseph Dombey, an 18th-century French botanist.

About this Entry: John Rawlings authored this entry ca. 2008.