One of more than 250 dombeya species, strawberry snowball is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree or shrub, reaching 30 or so feet in height and with a narrow, pyramidal to columnar, moderately dense crown. The bark is smooth and brown. Leaves are dark green, alternate, simple, smooth, ovate, maple-like, palmate, 3-lobed and about 4 inches across. Flowers are borne in loose hanging clusters, up to 6 inches long; blooms are pink to red, about 2 inches across. Fruits is a hairy, ovoid, 3 - 5 celled capsule about 1/2 inch long and containing brown seeds. Propagation is typically from cuttings. In its native area, the bark is used to make cloth and fiber; the leaves to make cough medicine. Strawberry snowball will grow on any well-drained soils and has no major pest or disease problems. It responds well to pruning to establish and maintain shape. In landscaping, the colorful tree or shrub is an excellent accent or specimen species; it is appropriate for large or small gardens, and in large planters. It is also suited for xerophytic gardens.