Schrebera alata

A wonderful, sweet-smelling small tree or shrub bearing pink flowers during summer.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 5m x 4m
MAXIMUM SIZE (H) x (W): 15m x 7m
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 small tree or scrambling shrub with a grey-brown bark. The leaves are compound with 1 to 2 pairs of leaflets plus a terminal leaflet. They are shiny dark green above and paler green below. The fragrant flowers are white or pink and appear in clusters. The pear-shaped fruit splits open to release winged seeds.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
The scented flowers attract bees to the garden. Hawkmoths and dusk-flying skipper butterflies are often seen harvesting nectar from the tubular flowers.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Naturally grows in forest margins or bushveld of Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, forest, rockery, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
FLOWERS:
The trumpet-shaped flowers are white to pink, with reddish brown hairs near the mouth of the corolla tube. They are sweet-scented, with the fragrance growing stronger in the evening.

FOLIAGE:
The leaves are smooth, shiny dark green above, and paler below. Young leaves are velvety when young.
BARK:
The bark is greyish or light brown with rough texture.
FRUIT:
The fruits are pear-shaped, shiny green, maturing to brown. They become woody and split into two when ripe. They contain papery, winged seeds that are dispersed by the wind.

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