Halleria lucida

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AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 6m x 5m
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An evergreen, hardy tree/shrub with drooping branches. The pale grey bark is rough and longitudinally fissured. The leaves are opposite, simple, ovate, shiny bright green and have a finely toothed margin. It bears brick red to orange tubular flowers (up to 4cm long) which appear in clusters and grow off the branches, making them hidden along the leaves. The fruit is a round, fleshy green berry (10mm in diameter) which rippens to black. There is also a yellow-flowered variety.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Halleria lucida is regarded as one of the most valuable plants to have in a bird garden as it attracts sunbirds, white-eyes, thrushes, robins, pigeons, flycatcher, louries, mousebirds and barbets. It also attracts bees and butterflies.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately throughout the year.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, country, forest, grassland, rockery, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
This tree is one of the best nectar producers found in Southern Africa and, space permitting, should be planted in a mixed border in every wildlife-friendly garden.
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