This plant has no fragrance
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Natal Bottlebrush Overview
The Natal bottlebrush is a small deciduous tree. The wood is pale pink and generally light and soft. Young trees are compact and old trees do not grow tall but spread and have rough, dark trunks. Will make a good addition a a small garden. They grow best in summer rainfall areas at higher altitudes and do not fair well at the coast.
Common problems with Natal Bottlebrush
Generally problem free.
How to harvest Natal Bottlebrush
Generally not harvested.
How to propagate Natal Bottlebrush
Take cuttings from new shoots when the tree is in active growth, root in fine bark mixed with polystyrene. Put the cuttings on the mist unit with bottom heating. Rooting takes 4-6 weeks.
Sow seed in late summer in a seed tray of well-drained soil. Treat seed with fungicide to prevent damping off. Keep the seed tray damp in a warm position.
Special features of Natal Bottlebrush
Sunbirds are attracted to the flowers
Attracts useful insects
Bees and other insects are attracted to the flowers.
Can be grown in pots.
Other uses of Natal Bottlebrush
Ornamental. Some African tribes to make household utensils. Some farmers use it for fencing.
Root infusions are used in traditional medicine to induce nausea and vomiting.