Pink Keurboom

Virgilia divaricata

Pink Blossom Tree

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Fruiting time

Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

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

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.

Special features

Origin

Africa, south eastern coast of South Africa

Natural climate

Mediterranean and Sub-tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Notes

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.

Personality

Family

Fabaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally problem free.
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