A well-shaped, neat semi-deciduous tree. The bark is grey and matures to creamy-tan with a contorted and flaky appearance. The leaves have a subtle lavender scent when crushed, small cream flowers are followed by tiny dark-brown capsules.
Harvest seeds when capsules are dried.
Sow the seeds in well-drained moist soil, cover with a thin layer of compost, keep in a warm area to promote rapid germination.
The success rate with cuttings is low, but possible. Root in pure sand with rooting hormone.
Attracts useful insects
Flowers attract the net wing beetle and you’ll see masses of them on your trees in late summer, also attracts butterflies and at night moths.
Leaves turn rusty red in autumn.
Africa, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
Soil PH preference
Leave and root are used to treat worms in stock animals and used by traditional healers.