Weeping Boer Bean

Schotia brachypetala

Fuchsia-Tree, Uvovovo

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Schotia brachypetala is a handsome, medium to large tree with a wide-spreading, densely branched, rounded crown. It has a single trunk that sometimes branches low down. The beauty of these trees are in the brightly coloured red flowers which sometimes produce so much nectar that it drips from the flowers hence the name Weeping boer-bean.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

The flowering time is somewhat irregular while seeds may mature during late summer to autumn.

Propagation

Seed

Easily grown from seed. Pot the seeds in well-drained general-purpose potting soil, placed in a warm but shaded spot and keep moist. Sowing time - Spring/Summer.

Cuttings

Truncheon cuttings can be taken in winter to early spring while the tree is not in active growth. Place in well-drained sandy soil in a cool shady spot and keep the soil damp.

Special features

Attracts birds

Attracts a wide variety of birds, particularly sun-birds and other nectar loving birds.

Attracts useful insects

Bees and insects feed on the nectar.

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

Southern Africa

Natural climate

Warm temperate, Sub-tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Sand, Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The seeds which are edible after roasting, are low in fat and protein but have high carbohydrate content.

Ornamental

An exceptional ornamental tree.

Medicinal

A decoction of the bark is taken to treat heartburn and hangovers. Bark and root mixtures are used to strengthen the body and purify the blood, to treat nervous heart conditions and diarrhoea, as well as for facial saunas.

Timber

The timber is of good quality, suitable for furniture making. The sapwood is pinkish-grey and not durable unless treated.The heartwood is a dark walnut, almost black, hard, fairly heavy and termite resistant with a dense fine texture and has been much used for furniture and flooring blocks. It is also said to be excellent for all kinds of wagon wood and was chiefly in demand for wagon beams.

Personality

Family

Fabaceae

Flower colour

Red

Scent

None

Problems

Relatively free from pests and diseases.

Companion plants

Grows with grasses and woodland plants.

Credits

profile iconSchotia brachypetala
by Giles Mbambezeli & Alice Notten, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, August 2001. , updated, January, 2014 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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