Scientific nameA small to large, evergreen tree, which may reach 30 m tall. Stems of really old trees may take on rather gnarled and grotesque forms. The bark is vertically fissured, greyish initially, becoming brownish with age.
Sow seed in the warm summer months and smoke treat as it is a tree occurring in the fynbos. Keeping the seed under glass to have higher humidity based on the natural habitat is recommended. The seed is fine and probably has little reserves. Another intervention would be to dust the seed with a pre-emergence damping off fungicide to prevent rotting/infection.'
Can be grown cuttings collected in mid-summer but keep the cuttings in cool shade. They must not be exposed to stress.Be very careful in selecting the cuttings. The tree must be mature and in good condition. Look for cuttings that showed active growth which can be found near the ends of the branches. Look behind the terminal growth for side shoots that are straight, with longer internodes and show active and hardened-off growth, with the wood having changed from green to light brown. Select heel cuttings, but tip cuttings also work. The cuttings must be rooted in 50:50 milled bark and polystyrene which allows for good aeration. place in a pot just large enough for the cutting and using the rooting material and hormone (Seradix 2). Cover the tree cutting with a clear plastic bag and seal with an elastic band. You can use wire to support the plastic and keep it away from the leaves. Place out of the direct sun, in a warm, shaded place and regularly check that the rooting medium is not drying out and remove any dead leaves. You can also apply a broad spectrum fungicide drench to prevent infection. Cuttings are known to root well, using this method, but it takes longer. When the cutting starts to show signs of growing, you may assume that roots have begun developing. Check the cutting for roots and if well developed, begin the hardening-off process, by first making a slit in the plastic to allow for more air circulation. A week later, open the opening in the plastic bag further and then remove after about 2 weeks. Close up the plastic bag and slow the process if you notice the plant is showing signs of stress or desiccation. It is recommended that you water in Kelpac to feed the roots and reduce stress. Once the plant is hardened off, re-pot into a well-drained potting medium that does not contain manure. Grow the young tree on in a protected place where it gets morning sun, but not full day or hot afternoon sun, or under 40% shade cloth. Feed regularly with an organic fertilizer following the instructions.
We are in need of this species! Can you help? Maybe you have this species at home, or perhaps you can collect seeds or cuttings (if applicable) from friends or from a public space. If so, why don't you help establish this species in areas where it is much needed!
Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
This is a bird-friendly species
It provides food for: