Tree Fuchsia

Halleria lucida

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.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed

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.

Cuttings

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.

Special features

Attracts birds

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.

Hedge plant

It is suitable for use as an informal hedge.

Pot plant

Wind break

Pioneer

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The berries are edible, but never tasty, not even when ripe. They have a sickly sweet taste and tend to dry the mouth.

Ornamental

Halleria lucida makes a shapely specimen tree for the smaller garden.

Personality

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Flower colour

Cream, Yellow, Red, Orange

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally problem free

Companion plants

Under plant with shade loving plants.

Credits

profile iconHalleria lucida
by Giles Mbambezeli & Alice Notten, Kirstenbosch NBG, January 2002. (updated June 2016. March 2018) (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)