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Tree Fuchsia

Halleria lucida

Also known as

White Olive, Witolienhout, Witolyfhout, Notsung (Afr.), Umbinza (isiXhosa), Indomela, Umbinza (isiZulu), Lebetsa (Sesotho), Murevhe (Tshivenda)

Halleria lucida 3 by Stan Shebs (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15m

Max

5m

2m

Min

1.5m

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Tree Fuchsia

Halleria lucida
Glossy bright green foliage on arching and drooping branches
Flowers and fruits in clusters in the axils of leaves and on short shoots on the old wood, even on the main trunk
Spherical green berries that turn juicy and black when ripe
Flowers abundantly although they are somewhat hidden amongst the leaves and inside the canopy

Tree Fuchsia Overview

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.

Common problems with Tree Fuchsia

Generally problem free

    Tree Fuchsia Companion Plants

    Under plant with shade loving plants.

    How to harvest Tree Fuchsia

    Generally not harvested

    How to propagate Tree Fuchsia

    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 of Tree Fuchsia

    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

    Other uses of Tree Fuchsia

    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.

    Other uses

    Edible

    Medicinal

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