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Heteropyxis canescens

Common names: Bastard Lavender Tree (E); Basterlaventelboom (A); #eded80 (SS);

Native to: Southern Africa
Tree

Heteropyxis canescens

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

MEDIUM GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

5m x 4m
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

Heteropyxis canescens

DESCRIPTION

A small evergreen tree witha grey bark. The leaves are glossy dark green and paler below. The flowers are greenish-yellow and appear in dense cluster on terminal heads. The fruit is a spherical pale brown capsule 3mm in diameter.

LANDSCAPING USES
GARDEN THEMES
Forest, Woodland
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE
BARK

4 Responses

  1. Hi Dakin

    Heteropyxis canescens is indeed a shorter tree but note that it tends to have a broad canopy that can spread about 8m across. For this reason, it is best not to plant it less than 3m from any structure to avoid having to control the branches which could put pressure on a wall if they are pushing against it.

    Regards
    Glenice

  2. Thanks for your quick reply. Is the recommended spacing for the forest kind of landendar tree also 3m? I’d read that it was a smaller tree and ideal for small gardens.

  3. Hi Dakin

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    The recommended spacing is to allow for both the roots and canopy to spread naturally in order to have a healthy and beautiful tree.

    If you do not have the recommended space, it may be better to consider another species in order to avoid potential damage to structures and the laborious maintenance required to maintain a plant in a confined space.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  4. Hi there. I love these trees. What is the closest I could plant them to the side of my house? I had read on your other lavender tree listing, 3m but that’s too far for me. I was hoping about 1.5m from the house?

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