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Paperbark thorn

Vachellia sieberiana var. woodii

Papierbasdoring (Afr.)

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A magnificent, widely spreading, flat crown of deep green, feathery foliage and attractive creamy-tan to yellow-brown corky bark. Suitable for planting in large gardens or parks, best planted individually to show off their magnificent shape, but will work well as a group of 3 to 5 trees planted in a grove. In natures it is found growing in woodland, wooded grassland and along riverbanks.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed
Seeds need to be immersed in boiling water and soaked overnight before planting.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
The flowers lure beetles, bees, butterflies and thrips, in turn attracting insectivorous birds, like the Bar-throated Apalis, White-bellied, Black and Collared Sunbirds.
Attracts birds
Pied and Crested Barbets make their nesting holes in this tree. Wood-hoopoes often scratch around under the loose bark for insects. Grey Hornbills crack the pods open and eat the seeds.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, northern and eastern Botswana, northern Namibia, tropical Africa north to Ethiopia

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
In Africa, the bark or root is used to treat urinary tract inflammation. The bark has astringent properties and it is used to treat colds, cough, and childhood fever.

Personality

Family
Fabaceae
Flower colour
Cream
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally problem free.

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