Natal Flame Bush

Alberta magna

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

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

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

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Rubiaceae

Flower colour

Red

Scent

Mild

Problems

Insects love the seeds.

Credits

profile iconAlberta magna
by Giles Mbambezeli, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, with additions by Yvonne Reynolds, July 2002 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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