AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 10m x 8m
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 with a dark grey bark. The trifoliate leaves are light green. The tree bears beautiful, scarlet flowers bone in short dense heads on long stalks. The fruit is a slender, black pod that is constricted between the seeds. The pods split open to release bright red, hard cased seeds with a black eye.ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
The flowers are rich in nectar and attract a variety of birds such as Bulbuls, Sunbirds, Mousebirds and White-eyes.
The dead wood is soft and is often excavated by birds that nest in hollows like barbets, hornbills and woodpeckers.
Hollow trunks are often used to house a swarm of bees.
NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Scrub forest, woodlands and grasslands.
Water moderately when young. Avoid watering in winter when the tree is dormant.
Bushveld, country, rockery, woodland
It makes a wonderful avenue tree or focal point in a large garden. It is particularly useful for attracting wildlife to the garden as the flowers attract nectar feeding birds. The soft wood makes it a favourable home for birds such as Barbets and Hornbills that excavate cavities in trees for nesting holes.
The fruit is a green, segmented pod that becomes dark brown as it ripens. It splits open to release the seeds which may remain on the tree for months.
The seeds are small, shiny and bright red with a black spot on one side. The seeds drop around the base of the tree and are often transported by birds to other locations.
The trunk and branches often have short, hooked thorns or prickles that offer protection from herbivores.
Easily propagated from seed or truncheons taken in spring.