Heteropyxis natalensis

An attractive small tree with a distinctive pale grey bark.
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AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 6m x 5m
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 well-shaped, neat semi-deciduous tree bearing glossy dark green foliage that gives a wonderful seasonal display, turning to red in autumn. Small cream flowers are followed by tiny dark-brown capsules. The bark is grey and matures to creamy-tan with a contorted and flaky appearance.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Heteropyxis natalensis attracts birds, butterflies, bees and beetles during the day and moths in the night.
The flowers attract the net wing beetle and you’ll see masses of them on your trees in February/March. Do not despair as they are harmless.


NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Stony hilllsides and the margins of evergreen forest.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance.
Water young plants regularly.
Protect the trunk from frost for the first two seasons, thereafter the tree should be strong enough to withstand frost.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately throughout the year, reducing water in summer.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, country, rockery, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
Suitable for a small garden or a large container and very effective when planted in a grove.
FLOWERS:
FOLIAGE:
The crushed leaves are strongly aromatic, often smelling of lavender.
The leaves are narrowly elliptic with an entire margin. They are shiny light green above and dull below.
The veins are not very prominent.
BARK:
Distinctive pale grey, appearing white. It flakes thinly to reveal the cream under bark.
FRUIT:
A tiny, light brown capsule 2mm in diameter that splits into 2 valves, releasing the seeds after which the old capsules may remain on the tree for many months.
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