White Olive, Witolienhout, Witolyfhout, Notsung (Afr.), Umbinza (isiXhosa), Indomela, Umbinza (isiZulu), Lebetsa (Sesotho), Murevhe (Tshivenda)
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Halleria lucida makes a shapely specimen tree for the smaller garden, and looks at home in the larger landscape, where it can also be planted in groups. It can be used to provide shade, or can itself be planted in shade as an under-storey tree. It can also be used in the fynbos garden. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape.
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
Generally not harvested
Seed is best sown in spring to mid-summer or in autumn, in a well-drained seedling mix and covered lightly with coarse sand or milled bark. Seed should germinate within 6 weeks.
Softwood cuttings, can be taken from actively growing shoots in spring to early summer or in autumn, treated with rooting hormone and rooted with bottom heat and misting. Rooting takes about 6 weeks.
One of the best bird attracting trees, the nectar-feeding sunbirds will be one of your most frequent visitors, and the berries will attract fruit-eating birds.
It is suitable for use as an informal hedge.
Africa, South Africa
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
The berries are edible, but never tasty, not even when ripe. They have a sickly sweet taste and tend to dry the mouth.
Halleria lucida makes a shapely specimen tree for the smaller garden.
Cream, Yellow, Red, Orange
Generally problem free
Under plant with shade loving plants.