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Karee

Searsia lancea

syn. Rhus lancea

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An evergreen small to medium sized wide-spreading tree that is widely distributed in Southern Africa. Drought and frost tolerant. Has a course textured bark and leaves are trifoliate, up to 12cm long and taper into a prominent tip. The small round fruit attracts animals when ripe. Often used as shade tree in arid areas.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Winter
Fruiting time
Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Fruit ripes from Spring to early Summer.

Propagation

Seed
The ripe seed should be sown in seedling trays using a good seedling medium and transplanted into bigger containers when the seedlings reach the two-leaf stage.
Cuttings
Cuttings can be taken using young growth in spring time.

Special features

Attracts birds
Fruit is eaten by birds such as bulbuls, guineafowl and francolins.
Attracts useful insects
The sweetly scented flowers attract bees and other insects to them.

Geography

Origin
Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa
Natural climate
Bushveld (semi-arid)

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
Flowers
Notes
Shade tree for arid areas

Personality

Family
Anacardiaceae
Flower colour
Greenish yellow
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally problem free

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