Mosilabele

Searsia pendulina

White Karee, Willow Karee, River Karee , Witkaree (Afr.), Witkaree, Rivierkaree, Kareehout, Kareeboom Rosynebos, Rosyntjiebos, Wilderosyntjieboom

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Naturally occurring on the banks of rivers and marshlands in a narrow strip that follows the Orange River from the Free State through the Northern Cape to southern Namibia. The White Karee makes a good shade tree in gardens, with its drooping habit similar to willow trees. It is also a fast growing species, good to plant in newly established gardens as a pioneer plant. ZA Distribution: Free State, Northern Cape.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed when ripe into seedling trays, use a seedling mix, transplant when the seedlings reach the two leaf stage.

Cuttings

Take softwood cuttings in early summer.

Special features

Attracts birds

Birds feed on the fruit.

Attracts useful insects

Flowers attracts bees

Hedge plant

Because of its density, it is suitable for use as a screen or barrier against wind, noise, objectionable views or to provide privacy.

Drought resistant

Can tolerate long dry spels.

Wet sites

Often grows naturally along streams.

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa, Orange River

Natural climate

Arid

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Anacardiaceae

Flower colour

Green

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally problem free

Credits

profile iconSearsia pendulina
by Alice Notten, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, January 2005. Updated July 2008 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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