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Lavender tree

Heteropyxis natalensis

Laventelboom (Afr.)

A well-shaped, neat semi-deciduous tree. The bark is grey and matures to creamy-tan with a contorted and flaky appearance. The leaves have a subtle lavender scent when crushed, small cream flowers are followed by tiny dark-brown capsules.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest seeds when capsules are dried.

Propagation

Seed
Sow the seeds in well-drained moist soil, cover with a thin layer of compost, keep in a warm area to promote rapid germination.
Cuttings
The success rate with cuttings is low, but possible. Root in pure sand with rooting hormone.

Special features

Attracts birds
Attracts birds
Attracts useful insects
Flowers attract the net wing beetle and you’ll see masses of them on your trees in late summer, also attracts butterflies and at night moths.
Autumn colour
Leaves turn rusty red in autumn.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
Natural climate
Subtropical forests

Environment

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

Uses

Medicinal
Leave and root are used to treat worms in stock animals and used by traditional healers.
Edible
Leaves are used in herbal tea.

Personality

Family
Heteropyxidaceae
Flower colour
Yellowish-green
Scent
Strong

Problems

Generally problem free

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