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Natal Flame Bush

Alberta magna

Also known as

Natal Flame Tree, Breekhout (Afr.), Isiqalaba (Xhosa), Igibampondo, Umcumane (Zulu)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

13m

Min

5m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A photo of Natal Flame Bush
A photo of Natal Flame Bush
A photo of Natal Flame Bush

Overview

Beatiful flowering tree with long lasting red flowers followed by winged fruit. It is a protected tree, but popular with tree collectors and worthwhile to consider in town gardens too. The evergreen leaves make a beautiful crown over time. The wood breaks easily and lead to the Afrikaans name 'Breekhout'. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal.

Common problems

Insects love the seeds.

    Harvesting

    Not usually harvested.

    Propagation

    Seed

    Seed often have insect damage, but viable seeds germinate in moist sandy soil mixes.

    Cuttings

    Take cuttings from mature wood.

    Special Features

    Attracts birds

    Attracts useful insects

    Hedge plant

    Uses

    Medicinal