Pincushion Tree, Kannabas, Speldekussing, Basboom (Afr.), Intozwane-Emnyama
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One of the most well-known indigenous trees of South Africa. The Pompon tree flowers around Christmas time and transforms into a spectacular sight of fragrant pink flowers. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.
Generally not harvested.
Sow seed in spring or early summer in seed trays filled with a well-drained medium. Cover the seed lightly with fine milled bark or sand, place in a shady position and keep moist.
Attracts useful insects
Africa, South Africa, Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal, Drakensberg, Mpumalanga, Gauteng
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
The bark was used as thread or cord, it is said that the Pompon tree has the strongest fibre of any tree in KwaZulu-Natal.
Generally problem free.