Bolusanthus speciosus

A graceful tree bearing large sprays of mauve flowers in spring.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 5m x 5m
MAXIMUM SIZE (H) x (W): 7m x 6m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

An attractive deciduous tree which is stunning in spring when it is densely covered in drooping sprays of mauve, sweetpea-like flowers.   It has a rounded crown of weeping foliage.   The leaves are alternate, compound and glossy green.  The bark is rough, dark brown and longitudinally fissured.  The fruit is a flat, narrow pod that is borne in hanging clusters.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts birds and butterflies.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Bush veld and wooded grassland.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance.
Protect young trees from frost.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately when young.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, country, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
This tree makes a lovely focal point in a home garden. It is well suited as a street tree, for office complexes and schools.
FLOWERS:
Clusters of pea-like mauve flowers are borne in loose terminal sprays up to 30cm long in spring.
FOLIAGE:
The leaves are alternate, compound with up to 7 leaflet pairs and a terminal leaflet. Leaflets are lanceolate, shiny green above and duller below.
BARK:
Dark brown to black, rough and longitudinally fissured.
FRUIT:
A flat, narrow light brown pod that stays on the tree for about 4 months before splitting to release the seeds.

WILDLIFE GALLERY:
CULTIVATION:
Easily propagated from seed. Sow seed in hot water overnight before sowing.

FULL GALLERY:
WITH THANKS TO:
Treeshop for their input on tree images, www.treeshop.co.za