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Schotia brachypetala

Family: Fabaceae

Common names: Weeping Boerbean (E); iHluze (Z); Huilboerboon (A); uMutwa (Tsw); UmGxam (X);

Native to: Southern Africa
Tree

Schotia brachypetala

DECIDUOUS

FULL SUN

SEMI FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

SLOW GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

12m x 12m
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

Schotia brachypetala

DESCRIPTION

A medium semi-deciduous tree with a dense and spreading crown of dark-green foliage that turns coppery-red in spring. The bark is brownish-grey and rough. It bears deep red flowers which are produced in dense heads borne on old wood. The fruit is a flattened, woody pod containing pale brown seeds.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Found in deciduous woodland and dry scrub forest.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
The nectar-rich flowers attract a variety of pollinating insects and birds.
LANDSCAPING USES
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Forest, Woodland
BARK
SEED
BUTTERFLY/MOTH HOST PLANT
Foxy Charax, Giant Charax, Koppie Charax, Large Blue Charax

4 Responses

  1. Hi Raymond

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Trees will typically bloom and produce seeds much faster when planted in the ground as they have access to more nutrients and will have space for their roots to grow unrestricted. For this species, flowering is usually within 5 years. There is a possibility that your tree has become pot-bound and is therefore under stress and lacks adequate nutrients. This could be a factor affecting the flowering.

    The pot should be placed in a position that receives at least 5 hours of sunshine daily.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Good Afternoon
    I received a pottes Huilboerboon from a friend.
    It is roughly 17years old, I would want to keep it potted for now until I find the perfect place to plant it.

    Two quick questions:
    1. How old do these trees get before they bloom and produce seeds.

    2. Should the pot be placed in full sun for the whole day? Should it get as close to 12hours of sunlight as possible?

  3. Hi Dennis

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    The dripping nectar of Schotia brachypetala is considered messy by some people and it could lead to having to clean the interlockers once a year with a high-pressure hose if required. If that is a concern to you, I’d recommend avoiding planting the tree in this position.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  4. Is it advisable to plant the Huilboerboonboom in an area with interlockers with reference to the dripping nectar?
    Thanks for informative website.

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