Cottonwood or Beach Hibiscus
Family : Malvaceae
This native Hibiscus is a large, spreading tree. It can grow to about 10 metres and often forms thickets with only a few plants along coastal plains. These have large, heart shaped leaves.
Flowers are large, with five delicate yellow petals and a purple or red centre. Along the edge of lagoons and creeks, the Cottonwood is an important habitat tree for secretive birds such as Herons and Bitterns.
The fruit are globular, brown capsules that open to release seeds while still attached to the tree. Fruit and flowers appear sporadically through the year.
These are fast growing and extremely hardy plants. They will grow in most habitats and can tolerate salt, wind and full sun. These trees are good for providing protection and shade for seedlings and will hold together sand and soil. The Cottonwood has very beautiful leaves and flowers and can cover large areas.
Traditional Owner Values
Manbarra The bark strips from the “big leaf” are used for twine.
|Coastal Zone||Dune Crest - Hind Dune|
|Fauna Habitat||Butterflies, Moths, Insects, Others and Birds|
|Amount of Sun||Full or Partial Sun|
|Amount of Water||Dry Areas through to Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Extremely Tolerant|
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