Noltea africana

A decorative shrub or small tree with glossy dark green foliage.
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 shrub or small tree that tends to be multi-stemmed from the base with a brown bark.  The branchlets are purplish-red and the leaf stalks have a reddish colour. The leaves have a finely toothed margin and are leathery, glossy dark green above and paler beneath.

It bears hanging clusters of very small fragrant flowers from mid-winter to spring.  The fruits are very small brown woody capsules that open to release black seeds in early summer.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts insects.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Forest margins and stream banks.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance. Prune only when necessary.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately.

GARDEN THEMES:
Forest, tropical

LANDSCAPING USES:
A lovely screening plant for a forest garden.

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