Cabbage Tree Overview
The Cabbage Tree is a strikingly beautiful garden tree, widely cultivated for its striking evergreen foliage and strong architectural form. It is quick-growing, relatively long-lived and can attain a height of 15 metres. Its unusual form makes it a feature in the garden as well as in its natural habitat. The genus Cussonia as a whole is less well known to horticulture, despite the fact that it hosts numerous very attractive species from dwarf to very large trees. In addition to its popularity as a decorative garden tree and useful accent plant, the leaves of Cussonia spicata are traditionally used as a treatment for indigestion. The Cabbage tree is relatively easily cultivated but does not tolerate extreme degrees of frost. Plant it as a single specimen, or in a group of 3-5 to use as a focal point in the landscape, but refrain from planting it close to houses, paving or other structures. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Western Cape.