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Wild Peach

Kiggelaria africana

Also known as

Wilde Perske (Afr.), Muphatavhafu, Lekgatsi

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

25m

Max

5m

15m

Min

3m

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Leaves and flowers
Effective windbreak

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.

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    Muhovho-Hovho

    Podocarpus latifolius

    How to harvest Wild Peach

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

    How to propagate Wild Peach

    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 of Wild Peach

    Attracts birds

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

    Drought resistant

    Wind break

    Hedge plant

    Other uses of Wild Peach

    Timber

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

    Other uses

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