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Sparmannia to Tecomaria
(Syn.: Hibiscus elatus), Blue Mahoe, Cuban Bast
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This large tree has a straight trunk and a broad crown growing fast to 75 feet. The brilliant 4 inch blossoms open orange-red fading to dark maroon by the end of the day. Heart-shaped leaves are up to 8 inches wide. It provides a beautiful and durable hardwood which is used for fine woodworking, such as cabinet making, furniture, carvings, and musical instruments. There is an article about the tree here, which is growing in the City of Los Angeles. Native of Cuba and Jamaica and naturalized in Puerto Rico. USDA zones 9b - 11.
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