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Cabbage tree

Cussonia spicata

Common Cabbage Tree (Eng.), Kiepersol, Sambreelboom, Waaiboom (Afr)

Larger specimens develop a sturdy trunk and a rounded, spreading canopy, making this an architectural specimen for the garden. Cussonias in general have the peculiar habit of producing their attractive leaves toward the ends of thick branches in large round heads, producing between 1 and 15 such heads per plant.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Seeds are harvested when ripe

Propagation

Seed
Seed should be harvested and sown fresh, wash the thin layer of pulp off the seed, sow immediately into trays, use fine seedling mixture, cover lightly, seed take from 3-8 weeks to germinate

Special features

Attractive flowers
Produces a large head of tiny flowers on thick-set spikes resembling a strange candelabra
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees, butterflies and other insects

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and further north reaching into tropical Africa

Environment

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

Personality

Family
Araliaceae
Flower colour
Greenish yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Sometimes prone to psylla, 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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