Cape Silver Oak

Brachylaena neriifolia

Water White-Alder, Water Silver-Oak, Watervaalbos, Waterwitels (Afr.)

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A neat bushy, much-branched shrub or small tree growing up to 5m. Used as a hedge or background shrub, windbreak and are drought resistant, it also attracts insects and birds. Naturally occurring along streams in fynbos and moist mountain kloof and forests.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed in autumn, 1.5 times deeper than the size of the seed. Sow into individual containers or in situ.

Special features

Drought resistant

Can withstand extended dry periods.

Hedge plant

Can be used as a wind break or hedge.

Special features

Origin

Africa, Southern Africa

Natural climate

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Wet

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

Dense background shrub in garden, that also attracts insects and birds.

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Cream, Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Generally problem free

Companion plants

Erica caffra, Buddleja sp.
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