A picture of a Pink Keurboom

Pink Keurboom

Virgilia divaricata

Also known as

Pink Blossom Tree

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

5m

10m

Min

Flowering

This plant has a mild fragrance

Pink Keurboom Overview

Small to medium-seized trees, with an attractive bushy, spherical to broadly conical growth habit with branches growing close to the ground. Fast-growing when young, growing up to 1.3 m a year and are beautiful in flower. A keurboom is the perfect tree for the new, bare garden because it grows so fast it will take only two or three years before it will be creating shade, or a screen, and filtering the wind. It is also one of the best species to use as a pioneer in the first stage in the succession to forest. It is happy to grow out in the open, grows fast and quickly and creates the shade that the slower-growing, more permanent trees need to grow in.

Common problems with Pink Keurboom

Generally problem free.

    How to harvest Pink Keurboom

    Generally not harvested

    How to propagate Pink Keurboom

    Seed

    Seed should be sown in autumn or spring, in well-drained soil at a depth of 0.5 - 1 cm and covered with the sowing medium or milled bark and then watered.

    Special features of Pink Keurboom

    Attracts birds

    The flowers of both species are rich in nectar and attract many birds, including sunbirds, doves and white-eyes who also nest in them.

    Attracts useful insects

    The flowers attract carpenter bees, honey bees and ants. The blue butterfly, known as the Lucerne Blue, Lampides boeticus, breeds on lucerne and on keurboom trees.

    Crop rotation

    One of the pioneer trees that is quick to grow, add food to the soil and shelter other trees as they grow and mature.

    Other uses of Pink Keurboom

    In earlier times the wood was much in demand for yokes. It was also used for spars, wagon-bed planks and rafters, and can be used for furniture. The transparent gum that exudes from the bark was once used as a substitute for starch.

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