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Sausage Tree

Kigelia africana

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

18m

Min

20m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Sausage Tree

A small bird sitting on a branch
A close up of a fruit tree
Flowers of Kigelia africana
Bark and leaves
Young fruits

Sausage Tree Overview

With its extremely large fruit and showy flowers, the Sausage tree is a very unique and enjoyable addition to any subtropical garden, providing shade and character. It is also known to attract a wide range of birds, animals and insects. This multi-functional tree is not only ornamental and used in the culinary and medicinal applications, but also for its tough wood used for shelving, fruit boxes and dugout canoes, as a bright yellow dye, and also as beauty products and skin ointments prepared from fruit extracts. Do note that you have to position it with care when planting as a falling fruit can severely damage a parked vehicle or someone sitting underneath it.

Common problems with Sausage Tree

Pests include red spider mites, whiteflies and mealybugs. Generally disease free.

    How to harvest Sausage Tree

    When harvesting the seed, collect the seed head/pod when flowers fade and dry. Allow pods to dry on the tree and break open to collect seeds.

    How to propagate Sausage Tree

    Seed

    Fresh seed should be sown in river sand in September. Or germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium.

    Cuttings

    Large cuttings or truncheons are used to propagate.

    Special features of Sausage Tree

    Attracts birds

    Black, Scarletchested and Whitebellied Sunbirds, Blackheaded Oriole, Sombre and Blackeyed Bulbuls, Masked Weaver, Brownheaded Parrot and Grey Lourie.

    Attracts useful insects

    Charaxes butterflies, hawk-moths and carpenter bees.

    Other uses of Sausage Tree

    Grown for its flowers, curious, sausage-like fruits and for shade.

    Medicinal

    Traditional remedies prepared from crushed, dried or fresh fruits are used to deal with ulcers, sores and syphilis - the fruit has antibacterial activity.

    Edible

    Dried and roasted fruits are used to flavour beer and aid fermentation. The seeds are sometimes roasted and eaten in times of food shortage.

    Other uses

    Edible

    Medicinal

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