- San Diego Zoo
Bloom time (approximate):
- Late winter to early spring
Dombeya: Red Ball or Strawberry Snowball Tree Dombeya cacuminum
FAMILY: STERCULIACEAE (Cacao or Chocolate Family)
Believe it or not, dombeyas are members of the chocolate family (Sterculiaceae), although in a different genus than cocoa trees. Several magnificent Dombeya species make their home in the Zoo, with blossoms ranging from white, to pink, to orange. Fern Canyon's red ball or strawberry snowball tree Dombeya cacuminum is an evergreen native of Madagascar, and the gold color on the edge of its blossoms is actually pollen.