Wild Peach

Kiggelaria africana

Wilde Perske (Afr.), Muphatavhafu, Lekgatsi

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A large evergreen tree with spear-shaped leaves growing up to 25m in height. Indigenous to South Africa and has a wide distribution in Africa. The seeds have a distinctive bright orange sticky coating and surrounded by a spherical capsule that splits in four halves. Male and female flowers grow on separate trees. Fruit is eaten by birds. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Spring

Fruiting time

Winter

Harvesting

Seeds capsules can be harvested, dried and cleaned to obtain shiny bright seeds.

Propagation

Seed

Brightly coloured seed is exposed when the fruit burst open. Harvest seeds before the birds do. Plant in sandy potting soil mix and keep moist.

Special features

Attracts birds

Birds love the bright seeds exposed when the fruit burst open and the fruit.

Drought resistant

Wind break

Hedge plant

Special features

Origin

Africa, from Kenia to South Africa.

Natural climate

Mediterranean to Bushveld

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Clay

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Timber

The hardish, pink-brown wood is a useful general purpose timber (beams, floorboards, furniture).

Personality

Family

Achariaceae

Flower colour

Yellow, Cream, Green

Scent

None

Problems

Butterfly larvae feast on the leaves, but the tree soon recover with a new flash - no need to control them.

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Credits

profile iconKiggelaria africana
by Pita Joffe, Pretoria National Botanical Garden, December 2002 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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