Pompon Tree

Dais cotinifolia

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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed

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.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attracts butterflies

Attracts birds

Drought resistant

Attracts useful insects

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa, Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal, Drakensberg, Mpumalanga, Gauteng

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

Fibre

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.

Personality

Family

Thymelaeaceae

Flower colour

Pink

Scent

None

Problems

Generally problem free.

Credits

profile iconDais cotinifolia
by Liesl van der Walt, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, November 2000 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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