Cape Chestnut

Calodendrum capense

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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Wood is lightly colored and dries straight - used in furniture.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds in sandy soil mix in a nursery and keep moist.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Attracts birds

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Flowers are soft pink-purple with dark spots.

Special features

Origin

Coastal and mountain forests of South-Africa. Found from Swellendam to Soutpansmountain and North until Kenia.

Natural climate

Temperate and Subtropical areas.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Wet

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Clay

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Rutaceae

Flower colour

Pink

Scent

Strong

Problems

Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies)

Credits

profile iconCalodendrum capense
by Alice Notten, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, December 2001 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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