Kiggelaria africana

FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 6m x 5m
MAXIMUM SIZE (H) x (W): 13m x 13m
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, dense and low-branching tree with a smooth, grey bark that roughens with age. The leaves are glossy green above and grey-green and hairy below. Tiny bell-shaped, yellow-green flowers born in clusters. Male and female flowers are on separate trees. Fruit is a small grey-green capsule that splits open in a star shape to reveal seeds with a bright orange coating.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
This is a host plant for the caterpillars of the Acrea horta butterfly. Diederik and Redchested Cuckoos feast on these caterpillars, keeping the numbers under control.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately throughout the year.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, country, forest, formal, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
Suitable for medium-large wildlife-friendly gardens.
FLOWERS:
FOLIAGE:
The leaves of young plants have a serrated margin. They are mid green on both sides and hairless.
The leaves on mature trees are glossy green above and grey-green and often covered in fine hairs below.
BARK:
FRUIT:
SEED:
WILDLIFE GALLERY:
BUTTERFLY LARVAL HOST:
Acraea horta
FULL GALLERY:
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