Also known as
Wilde Perske (Afr.), Muphatavhafu, Lekgatsi
3 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Wild Peach Overview
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.
Common problems with Wild Peach
Butterfly larvae feast on the leaves, but the tree soon recover with a new flash - no need to control them.
Wild Peach Companion Plants
Yellowwood trees, Wild olives and other indigenous evergreen trees and shrubs.
How to harvest Wild Peach
Seeds capsules can be harvested, dried and cleaned to obtain shiny bright seeds.
How to propagate Wild Peach
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 of Wild Peach
Birds love the bright seeds exposed when the fruit burst open and the fruit.
Other uses of Wild Peach
The hardish, pink-brown wood is a useful general purpose timber (beams, floorboards, furniture).