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Butterspoon tree

Cunonia capensis

Rooiels (Afrikaans)

A tall evergreen tree that naturally occurs in watercourses and damp areas in South Africa. Has glossy green leaves with a sharp toothed margin and the young shoots are reddish in colour and enclosed in two large spoon-shaped stipules. The flowers are small and creamy white clustered along a flower stalk (like a bottle-brush). It is a very attractive garden plant that grows well in wet areas and attracts insects and birds when in flower (Summer and Autumn). Traditionally used to treat nervous complaints. The wood is used to make furniture, as it has a very fine grain and is a hard wood. Uses: A fast growing and decorative garden tree. Used as timber and to treat some nervous conditions.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest as needed.

Propagation

Seed
Sowing time in Autumn - keep moist.

Special features

Hedge plant
Effective green hedge.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa to Mozambique
Natural climate
Temperate coastal to montane forests

Environment

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

Uses

Medicinal
Use to treat some nervous conditions.
Notes
A fast growing and decorative garden tree. Used as timber and

Personality

Family
Cunoniaceae
Flower colour
Creamy- white
Scent
None

Problems

Problem free

Companion plants

Podocarpus sp., Kiggelaria africana and other evergreen tree species

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