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Natal bauhinia

Bauhinia natalensis

Natalsebeesklou (Afr.)

Bauhinia natalensis can be grown as a solitary specimen, but has a lovely massed effect when grown in small groups of three or five. It flowera prolifically for long periods of time and the individual flowers are quite long-lived. Its multi-stemmed habit provides a suitable screen or it suits an informal shrub border. It has a very mild root system and can be used for growing against fences and walls.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed
Seeds germinate easily, sown in spring, germination takes about 2 weeks. Soak seeds overnight in warm water to speed up germination. Sow 1-2mm deep in sandy, well drained soil.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and butterflies.
Attracts birds
Sunbirds are attracted to the flowers.
Hedge plant
Can be grown into a medium sized hedge.
Pot plant
Can be grown in containers, use fertile potting medium, feed and water regularly. Can be grown as Bonsai specimen.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Fabaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally problem free.

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