Karee, Syn. Rhus Lancea, Umhlakotshane
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Searsia lancea is an evergreen small to medium sized wide-spreading tree that is widely distributed in Southern Africa. Drought and frost tolerant. Has a course textured bark and leaves are trifoliate, up to 12cm long and taper into a prominent tip. The small round fruit attracts animals when ripe. Often used as shade tree in arid areas. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape.
Fruit ripes from Spring to early Summer.
The ripe seed should be sown in seedling trays using a good seedling medium and transplanted into bigger containers when the seedlings reach the two-leaf stage.
Cuttings can be taken using young growth in spring time.
Fruit is eaten by birds such as bulbuls, guineafowl and francolins.
Attracts useful insects
The sweetly scented flowers attract bees and other insects to them.
Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Shade tree for arid areas
Generally problem free