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Heteromorpha arborescens var abyssinica

Common names: Parsley Tree (E); umBangandlala (Z); Wildepieterseliebos (A); Mmakatlala (NS);

Native to: Southern Africa
Shrub, Tree

Heteromorpha arborescens var abyssinica

DECIDUOUS

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

FRAGRANT

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

7m x 6m
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

Heteromorpha arborescens var abyssinica

DESCRIPTION

A beautiful deciduous shrub or small tree which bears a distinctive reddish-brown bark which is smooth and peels off in paper-like flakes. The leaves are alternate, compound, glossy light green, becoming yellow to red in autumn. The strong-smelling flowers are small, greenish-yellow in dense round heads or compound umbels

LANDSCAPING USES
An attractive tree suitable for small gardens. It can be grouped to form a focal point or added to a rockery.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Forest, Rockery, Woodland
FLOWERS

14 Responses

  1. Hi Debra

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Your tree is under some sort of stress. Could it be possible that one side is exposed to excessive wind, heat or chemical sprays?

    I once witnessed a similar pattern and discovered that the neighbour had made a fire close by and the rising heat singed all the leaves on one side of the tree. Thankfully the tree recovered from this.

    Investigate all possibilities around your tree to determine the cause and hopefully it will recover.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Please help. My parsley tree in hartbeespoort planted 5 years ago, clay soil, has started dying on one side. Leaves drying and falling on west side of tree. No trunk damage is visible.

  3. Hi Conrad

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    I can’t recall seeing Heteromorpha arborescens growing in a pot. But, it may be worthwhile for you to try. Most plants grow better in open ground as they have space to root widely and can access nutrients and water without restriction.

    All the best.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  4. Hi Charmaine

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Yes, they will grow in George. Try to source them from your nearest nursery so that they will adapt better to your local conditions.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  5. I would like to plant a few trees in my garden in George, Western Cape. Would they grow well here?

  6. Hi Anthony

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    It may be in the Sappi tree books under the old name – Heteromorpha trifoliata.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  7. Hi Esna

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Start your search in your local nursery and if they don’t have any in stock, they should be able to direct you to a supplier who can assist.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  8. Hi Christina

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    The root system of Heteromorpha arborescens is not aggressive, so it is safe to use in a small garden.

    It is quite tricky to include information on roots as it varies quite drastically depending on the soil, position and garden maintenance. Thanks, however for the point and we will see how we can incorporate an indication of root systems in our descriptions.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  9. What about the root system? Invasive, non- aggressive or what? It is a a pity that none of your tree information Include the nature of the roots which is as important in the small garden.

  10. Hi Russell

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.
    The crushed leaves smell like Parsley and the tree is of the same family as parsley (carrots and celery are also in this family), but, as far as I know, the tree has no culinary value. Traditionally, though, parts of the plant are used for a range of ailments such as headaches, intestinal problems and mental disorders.
    Flourish!
    Glenice

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