This plant has a strong fragrance
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Cape Chestnut Overview
A medium-sized tree with beautiful fragrant soft pink flowers in Summer. The grey stem is slow-growing, but the wood is light and useful for furniture and will not twist and bend when dried. The trees are often spotted when in flower in indigenous forests spaced widely - and visible from the N2 driving past Wilderness to Knysna. A tree that should be considered planting more widely in our gardens!
Common problems with Cape Chestnut
Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies)
How to harvest Cape Chestnut
Wood is lightly colored and dries straight - used in furniture.
How to propagate Cape Chestnut
Sow seeds in sandy soil mix in a nursery and keep moist.
Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Special features of Cape Chestnut
Attracts useful insects
Flowers are soft pink-purple with dark spots.
Other uses of Cape Chestnut
Grown for their flowers that are produced mainly in spring-summer.