Lavatera × clementii 'Rosea'

tree mallow ( syn. Lavatera olbia Rosea )

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Buy Lavatera × clementii 'Rosea' tree mallow ( syn. Lavatera olbia Rosea ): Long flowering, with pink, hollyhock-like flowers

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: light, moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This popular tree or shrub is grown for the masses of dark pink, hollyhock-like flowers up to 7cm across that smother its branches from June to September. Deeply lobed, and bright green, its leaves are attractive too. Extremely long-flowering, this vigorous tree mallow will thrive in a well-drained shrub or mixed border, but needs plenty of space to spread itself out as it puts on tremendous growth in just one season. In cold areas of the country it is best grown against a warm wall to minimise wind and frost damage.

  • Garden care: To prevent the shrub from getting straggly, cut back hard to within 30cm (12in) of ground level in spring, after all risk of severe frosts has passed. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure round the base of the plant. In exposed areas shorten branches by up to one half in autumn to minimise the risk of wind damage.

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Fast growing lots of flowers


Fast growing and gives tons of beautiful flowers




Good size plants which have done well over the summer


Healthy plants


East Sussex


This Lavatera is growing well


This attractive Lavatera is flourishing and has grown really fast. Looking forward to an abundance of flowers this summer




Very attractive but didn't last beyond the first season


So disappointed when this failed after one season.




A gift for a friend


Very healthy plant. Bought for a friend.




Reliably gorgeous


This shrub never disappoints. It grows fast, needs no special treatment and produces an abundance of beautiful flowers for months on end. Only needs pruning and springs back into action again. Every garden should have at least one.





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Hi, I have a sheltered space that I would like to grow either this or the Barnsley variety. The problem I can see is that it is not in full sun, only partial sun due to being overlooked by a neighbours tree. Do you think a lavatera would tolerate partial sun? Many thanks.


These are definitely happier (and produce more flowers) if they are grown ina sunny spot.


I have a mallow tree that had beautiful large leaves in the spring, it has now flowered and the leaves have gone considerably smaller, and it seems to be shedding the leaves and looks quite poorly. Do you think it needs pruning right down and can it be done now.. Many thanks.


Hello, It sounds as though your plant is stressed in some way, so do try to keep it well fed and watered. As for pruning, we recommend cutting it back hard (to within 30cm of ground level) in spring, after all risk of severe frosts has passed. You should then apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. In exposed areas, you can also shorten the branches by up to one half in autumn to minimise the risk of wind damage.


Which lava terra is evergreen


Hello, Of the 2 we sell, 'Barnsley' is more likely to retain its leaves during a mild winter as it is semi-evergreen - please click on the following link to go straight to it.


Previous owners planted this right at the front of a border and now it is vast (2m high, perhaps 1.5m across) and hogging all the space. Can I move it to in front of a hedge south facing but quite wind-exposed, and if so how/when? Many thanks.


Hello, It sounds as though it has been in the ground for some time, so I suspect it wont transplant very well, but if you must try, then I would tackle it in autumn or spring. It wont enjoy an exposed position though, so I would try to find somewhere a little more sheltered if you can.


Summer flowering tree Hello, I am looking for a tree that can grow as tall as 8ft-10ft and flowers for most of the summer, or even one that flowers in the winter. I am looking to add a large tree with colourful flowers to my garden - I do love the Laburnum x watereri 'Vossii' but it only flowers from May to June I believe. Can you recommend at suitable tree? Regards Laura


Hello Laura, Even a miniature tree will get taller than 8-10ft, so I suspect you may be looking for a shrub, which are generally more compact. The ones that will flower for months on end throughout summer are either Buddlejas or Lavatera. I'm afraid I don't know of any trees (no matter what size) that will match them.

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