Ochna schweinfurthiana

An attractive small woodland tree
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AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 5m x 3m
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A small evergreen tree with a dark grey bark that is fissured and cracked, separating into square segments.  The leaves are olive-green with conspicuous veins on the upper surface.  Young leaves are coppery.  It bears bright yellow flowers which are sweetly-scented.  The fruits are 2-4  black berries borne on brick-red persistant sepals.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts insects and birds.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Deciduous woodland in tropical regions in Africa

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately when young.

GARDEN THEMES:
Woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
A lovely addition to a woodland garden.

FLOWERS:
Bright yellow, 1.5cm in diameter, sweetly scented, in a condensed raceme with 4-10 flowers on a short central stem. Flowers appear before or with the new leaves. The petals fall very early.

FOLIAGE:
Elliptic, olive-green with conspicuous net-veining on upper surface, apex somewhat rounded, base tapers into the petiole, margin bluntly toothed, sometimes almost scalloped. Size: 1-13.5 x 1.7-5.5cm

BARK:
Dark grey, thick, fissured and cracked, separating into conspicuous square segments.

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