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Calodendrum capense (Cape chestnut)

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Plant description

calodendrum capense cape chestnut tree

calodendrum capense cape chestnut.

Calodendrum capense, the Cape chestnut tree, is an evergreen tree with masses of pink flowers in summer. The panicles of flowers are attractive to butterflies, birds and bees. It grows to around 8-15 metres tall, and has an attractive smooth grey trunk, and has a spreading canopy. It is a good specimen tree, for street plantings and as a windbreak tree. Good in a full sun to part shaded position, it is drought and frost resistant once established. It is also salt and pollution tolerant. The nut like fruit it bears are not edible.

The name Calodendrum means beautiful tree.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: pink
Flowering season: summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 15 metres
Minimum height: 8 metres

Maximum width: 10 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds, butterflies, bees.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 6.5-8.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good all purpose fertiliser.

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