One tree was selected.

Cowitch Tree
Lagunaria patersonii

Location: 43500 Mission Blvd
Park: Ohlone College Campus
District: Mission San Jose
Native to: Oceania
Tree type: flowering
Leaf retention: evergreen

Comments: Broadleaf evergreen native to Norfolk Island in the Pacific between Australia and New Zealand. Gray-green 2" ovate leaves, and pink to purple flowers with a prominent yellow stamen. Height to 40' when mature making it the largest hibiscus plant species. Caution: seed pods have short bristly hairs that irritate the skin. Also known as a Primrose tree or Norfolk Island Hibiscus. This tree was identified by Dan Rivera.

Links to additional information on this tree species:  Link   Link

To prevent the transfer of disease and other considerations, do not touch or take samples from the specimen tree or any other plants on the property.

Click here for larger picture.

Illustration by Hugh Danaher