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Peltophorum africanum

Common names: Weeping Wattle (E); UmThobo (Z); Huilboom (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Tree

Peltophorum africanum

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

8m x 5m
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

Peltophorum africanum

DESCRIPTION

A medium-sized tree with a sparse, spreading crown that is .  It is frequently branched from near the ground. The bark is brown, rough and fissured, providing habitat for tiny insects that shelter in the crevices.  The insects attract birds such as Red Billed Wood Hoopoes that stick their long, pointed beaks into the crevices to harvest their prey.

The tree bears pinnate leaves that are small and feathery in appearance.  Bright yellow flowers are produced in showy sprays at the tips of branches.   These attract numerous nectar feeding insects and birds.  Oval pods are produced in dense clusters and hang on the tree for months before being dispersed by the wind.

WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately in first two years, thereafter trees will be able to survive on rainfall.
LANDSCAPING USES
A wonderful tree to have in a wildlife-friendly garden as it is a host tree to butterflies and the nectar-rich flowers attract birds, bees and butterflies.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Country, Grassland, Rockery, Woodland
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE
BARK

2 Responses

  1. Hi Sam

    Thanks for your feedback.

    It’s quite tricky to add information on the roots for all plants as they behave differently under different growing conditions. We have done so for the ones that definitely have aggressive root systems.

    The roots of Peltophorum africanum are generally not aggressive but it’s best to have a safe planting distance of no less than 5m from any structure.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Very good article.
    Could you perhaps also include information on the root structure?

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