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Calodendrum capense

English: Cape Chestnut; Afrikaans: Wildekastaing

Calodendrum capense - A small to tall semi-deciduous tree, 7m-20m with beautiful, smooth, streaky white/grey bark on older trees. Occurs in forest, wooded ravines, evergreen fringe forest, sometimes in scrub, and at altitudes up to 2000m. Profusion of striking, pink orchid-like flowers in large sprays on tips of branches make the trees stand out above the forest canopy (Oct-Dec). Seldom flowers before 7 years. Flowers last well in the vase. Fruit a brown capsule, 3.5cm in dia., 5-lobed, woody, with a knobbly surface (Jan-May). Plant in deep soil in a sheltered position, water regularly and feed in spring for best results. Does well if planted with pioneer species. Prefers sheltered, sunny position. Larger trees are frost-resistant. Fast growing under ideal conditions. This species is often very vulnerable to fungal and other plant diseases and does best in well-ventilated, drier areas.

- Calodendrum capense.

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