Cunonia capensis

An attractive evergreen forest tree.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 10m x 7m
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

A fine forest tree that occurs naturally along stream banks and in moist forests.  In harsher conditions it can form a dense shrub.  The bark is rough and dark in older specimens.  It bears small white to cream-coloured flowers borne on long, dense spikes.  The fruit is a 2-horned, leathery capsule that splits open to release tiny seeds.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
The flowers attract butterflies and other pollinating insects.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Cunonia capensis occcurs naturally on stream banks and in moist forests with abundant populations around Knysna.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately.

GARDEN THEMES:
Forest

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FRUIT:
CULTIVATION:
Germination from seed is erratic. Seedlings grow slowly in the first year but rapidly once roots are established.

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