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Tree-fuchsia

Halleria lucida

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Halleria lucida makes a shapely specimen tree for the smaller garden, and looks at home in the larger landscape, where it can also be planted in groups. It can be used to provide shade, or can itself be planted in shade as an under-storey tree. It can also be used in the fynbos garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Autumn, Winter
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed
Seed is best sown in spring to mid-summer or in autumn, in a well-drained seedling mix and covered lightly with coarse sand or milled bark. Seed should germinate within 6 weeks.
Cuttings
Softwood cuttings, can be taken from actively growing shoots in spring to early summer or in autumn, treated with rooting hormone and rooted with bottom heat and misting. Rooting takes about 6 weeks.

Special features

Attracts birds
One of the best bird attracting trees, the nectar-feeding sunbirds will be one of your most frequent visitors, and the berries will attract fruit-eating birds.
Hedge plant
It is suitable for use as an informal hedge.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
The berries are edible, but never tasty, not even when ripe. They have a sickly sweet taste and tend to dry the mouth.
Ornamental
Halleria lucida makes a shapely specimen tree for the smaller garden.

Personality

Family
Scrophulariaceae
Flower colour
, Orange, Cream, Yellow
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally problem free

Companion plants

Under plant with shade loving plants.

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