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Thespesia acutiloba

Family: Malvaceae (Mallows family)

Common names: Tulip Tree, Small-leaved Portiatree (E); iphuphme (Z); Kleinblaarportiaboom (A); Aklolo (Ts);

Native to: Southern Africa
Shrub, Tree
An attractive small tree or shrub bearing yellow flowers.

Thespesia acutiloba

SEMI-DECIDUOUS

FULL SUN

SEMI FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST 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

Thespesia acutiloba

DESCRIPTION

An attractive small tree or shrub with a pale grey bark that becomes rough and furrowed.  The leaves are ivy-like and shiny-green with 5 prominent veins from the base.  It bears attractive, Hibiscus-like, lemon yellow flowers that close mid-afternoon and turn pinkish-brown as they age.  The fruit is a round, fleshy berry that attracts birds.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Coastal and riverine forest and bushveld.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
The flowers attract insects and the fruit is eaten by birds.
LANDSCAPING USES
An attractive garden specimen that can be used as a street tree.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Forest
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE
CULTIVATION
Can be propagated from seed or cuttings.

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