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Brachylaena discolor

English: Coast Silver Oak; Afrikaans: Kusvaalbos

Brachylaena discolor - Medium tree to 10(-15)m. Crown sparse. Occurs in sand forest & bushveld. Stem straight, bare, branches ascend. Bark dark brown, rough, fissured. Shiny dark leaves with grey underside. Male & female flowers (creamy coloured, small thistle-like blooms in large sprays) are borne on separate trees, autumn & winter (Jul-Dec). Fruit nutlet with cream hairs. Excellent coastal tree - wind resistant & hardy tree. Frost resistant. Roots non-invasive. . Prune off lower branches to form a shade tree or leave the branches on to form a dense screen or windbreak. Mulch thickly with good compost, water regularly and feed with high nitrogen organic or chemical fertilizer to boost growth. Good pioneer plant. Makes excellent trimmed hedge. Prefers sand & loamy soil.

- Brachylaena discolor.

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