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Nuxia floribunda

Family: Buddlejaceae (Buddleja family)

Common names: Forest Elder (E); Umhlambandlazi (Z); Bosvlier (A); Motlhabare (NS);

Tree
An attractive evergreen tree that flowers in winter.

Nuxia floribunda

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

MEDIUM GROWER

FRAGRANT

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

5m x 3m
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

Nuxia floribunda

DESCRIPTION

An attractive evergreen with a dense, rounded canopy.  The bark on young trees is smooth or finely hairy but ages to be grey-brown and fissured as the tree ages.

The leaves are glossy and light green.

The white, tubular and scented flowers are borne in large bunches up to 300mm in diameter.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Evergreen montaine forests and along rivers.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
The flowers attract a host of insects. The abundant supply of nectar makes it a good honey tree.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately until established.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
LANDSCAPING USES
The forest elder makes an attractive street tree.
It can be used as a focal tree in a garden.
The root system is non-invasive and it can be planted next to paved areas and buildings.
GARDEN THEMES
Forest
FOLIAGE

17 Responses

  1. Hi Dave

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook and for sharing your valuable pearls of wisdom.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. For what it is worth, As a conservation forester (now retired) having spent over 20 years working in the Knysna / Tsitsikamma Indigenous forests, I always regarded Nuxia as a wet-mountain forest species. For years I regarded it as too specialised (site wise) to be grown with any success on drier sites.

    How wrong I was ! Nuxia never ceases to amaze me, it thrives in well-drained soils and once established grows rapidly. Like most recently planted young trees, watering is vital. Preferably one heavy soaking a week. Do this for the first year, in year two you can water every two weeks (deep soaking). By year three the young tree should need only summer watering (of course, much depends on site). It goes without saying that (a) Keep grass away from the stem, ideally leave a circle approximately a metre in diameter of bare soil around the young tree, and (b) DO NOT plant anything in this soil. Flowers might look great but continual soil disturbance around a young tree harms the feeder roots. Mulch with bark chips to keep in the moisture and clear away grass at regular intervals. Grass is VERY competitive.

    One can fertilise, but go easy. I use organic pellets.

  3. Hi Debbie

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook

    Yellowing leaves may be a sign of over-watering. It may also be a nutrient deficiency.

    Should this persist, it may be best to consult with the nursery from which you purchased your tree.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  4. Hi,

    A month ago I planted a Nuxia Floribunda (approx 2.5m) in height. I composted the hole, watered almost every 2nd day for first week, and now give it a good watering twice a week. The leaves are going yellow and i know it likes water, but am I over watering it or is it just sulking and adjusting to its new home?
    I live in Assagay – Hillcrest area KZN

    Thanks Debbie

  5. Hi Robyn

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    This is quite commonly seen in Nuxia floribunda in cultivation. The tree is a host to an aphid species. Although unsightly, this does not affect the growth of the tree, so there’s no need for you to use any pesticides.

    If your tree is battling, I’d recommend you take a cutting to your nearest nursery for some advice.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  6. Hi Plantbook guys
    I have put 6 nuxia floribunda on my bank – they have been carefully staked – 2 months ago I gave them ea 1/2 handfull of 3:1:5 and last month a handful of natural eco friendly pellets. Weve had lots of rain- but in the dry times, I do water them.
    I have discovered the new leaves are buds are shriveled and blackened.
    HELP – what can I do – what do you think this is??

  7. Hi Stef

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    An evergreen tree still needs to shed its leaves as part of its life-cycle.

    Trees also tend to shed their leaves when under stress for various reasons. Could your tree perhaps not be getting enough water?

    Should you be concerned that your tree is not healthy, consider calling an arborist to inspect it for possible solutions to save the tree.

    Flourish!
    Glenice
    Glenice

  8. I Bill,

    Would like to know why my Nuxia is shedding some of its leaves. If its evergreen surely this should not be happening.

    Many Thanks Stef

  9. Hi Kathy

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Nuxia floribunda is wind-resistant so should do well in your garden.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  10. Hi,
    I have been given a Nuxia Floribunda, and I would like to know if it is a wind resistant tree. I live in Glencairn, Cape Town and we do get a lot of wind here.
    Thanks,
    Kathy

  11. Hi Tammey

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Transplants are always tricky, especially for trees which can take years to recover from this unnatural process.

    Transplanting is best done in the cooler months of the year.
    The key is to dig out a large root ball to avoid overly-stressing the plant. The extent of the roots will depend on the age and size of your tree.

    All the best.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  12. Hi Bill, I have two Nuxias about 4 meters apart from each other and would like to know is it possible to transplant them. I’d like to move the one. Is it possible if so then when should I do it. They’re absolutely gorgeous and wouldn’t like to move it if there’s a possibility it might die.
    Rgds Tammey

  13. Hi Bill

    Yes, it can be planted in a large pot, but I’d say rather go for 100l to avoid it becoming pot-bound.

    It tolerates moderate pruning, so you will be able to control the size.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  14. I like!!
    Can it be planted in a large pot approx 40 L

    Will it take regular pruning to control the size of it to approx 2 meter height

  15. Hi Val

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Nuxia floribunda should be able to grow under these conditions. However, it may be wise to protect a young plant for the first season to ensure it establishes well.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

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