Wild Chestnut, Kaapse Kastaiing (Afr.), Muvhaha, Molalakgwedi, MookêLêLa
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A medium-sized tree with beautiful fragrant soft pink flowers in Summer. The grey stem is slow-growing, but the wood is light and useful for furniture and will not twist and bend when dried. The trees are often spotted when in flower in indigenous forests spaced widely - and visible from the N2 driving past Wilderness to Knysna. A tree that should be considered planting more widely in our gardens! ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Western Cape.
Wood is lightly colored and dries straight - used in furniture.
Sow seeds in sandy soil mix in a nursery and keep moist.
Attracts useful insects
Flowers are soft pink-purple with dark spots.
Coastal and mountain forests of South-Africa. Found from Swellendam to Soutpansmountain and North until Kenia.
Temperate and Subtropical areas.
Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Sand, Clay
Soil PH preference
Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies)