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Brachylaena elliptica

English: Bitter-Leaf; Afrikaans: Bitterblaar

Brachylaena elliptica - A shrub or small tree up to 6(-8)m tall. Occurs on forest margins, bushveld & rock outcrops. Stem single or multi-stemmed. Bark grey to brown, grooved longitudinally. Twigs ribbed. The interesting, angular foliage is glossy dark-green above and silvery white underneath. Flowers creamy small thistle-like blooms in large sprays (Apr-Jun). Fruit: nutlet with bristly hairs (Aug-Oct). Provides deep shade. Waterwise & wind & frost-hardy, evergreen. Roots non-invasive. Attracts birds, bees & other insects. Prefers sandy or loamy soil. Stabilises dune sand. Makes excellent trimmed hedge.

- Brachylaena elliptica.

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