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Cabbage tree

Cussonia spicata

Common cabbage tree, Lowveld cabbage tree (Eng.), Kiepersol, Sambreelboom, Waaiboom (Afr.)

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A strikingly beautiful and very decorative garden tree which is widely cultivated for its striking evergreen foliage. Plant the cabbage tree as a single specimen, or planting a group of 3 or 5, due to their strong architectural form they are very useful as focal points in the landscape. Do not plant very close to houses, paving or other structures. RSA National Tree No: 564. Uses: Ornamental and medicinal

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn, Spring

Harvesting

Seeds should be harvested as they appear, and sown fresh.

Propagation

Seed
To propagate from seed, wash the pulp off the seed and plant in prepared seed trays immediately. The seedlings can be transplanted into bags in the second growth year.
Cuttings
Use softwood cuttings for propogation. Root first in a growing container before planting sapling in the garden.

Special features

Attracts birds
The ripe fruit feed Bul-buls, Loeries, Starlings, Mousebirds, Barbets and other birds.
Pot plant
Young specimens works well when planted in large pots on a sunny patio or any other paved area.

Geography

Origin
Southern Africa to African tropics.

Environment

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

Uses

Medicinal
The leaves are traditionally used as a treatment for indigestion.

Personality

Family
Araliaceae
Flower colour
Green
Scent
None

Problems

Cussonias are sometimes prone to attack by psylla, a small insects that causes pimple like growths on the leaves, causing the leaves to be distorted and become unsightly. This can be controlled with the use of a systemic insecticide.

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