Freylinia tropica

FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 1.5m x 0.75m
HEDGE SPACING: 0.3m
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 dense shrub or small tree with slender, loosely spreading branches. It flowers profusely, bearing small, delicate flowers in white or lilac. The white flowering form is usually not as upright in its growth form as the blue.  It produces flowers throughout the year but the main flowering time for this stunning shrub is in spring.

I first spotted this growing in the wild along the roadside on the Vumba Road in Zimbabwe and again at the source of  Bridal Veil Falls in Chimanimani.  In the wild, with no pruning, they tend to be rather twiggy and can reach a height of 3m.

We’ve planted this extensively throughout Gauteng.  I’ve noticed that the leaves tend to be slightly larger and a darker green when plants experience fewer hours of direct sunlight.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
The nectar-rich flowers attract butterflies such as the Brown Veined White.
It also attracts other pollinating insects such as bees, wasps and moths.

MAINTENANCE:
Freylinia is low maintenance. You may wish to prune it in autumn to encourage bushy growth.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately throughout the year.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, country, forest, formal, french, mediterranean, rockery, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
May be grown as a single specimen in a mixed bed, or mass planted to form a hedge, lining a pathway. It will be encouraged to grow a more dense form with regular pruning.
A useful addition to a wildlife-friendly garden as it is frequently visited by birds and butterflies.
Suitable to grow in a medium-large container in a sunny position.
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