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Chionanthus peglerae

English: Giant pock ironwood; Afrikaans: Reusepokysterhout

Chionanthus peglerae – A rather rare, neat, evergreen, medium-sized to tall tree up to 20m in height, occurring in coastal and mountain evergreen forest. Bark grey-brown, smoothish, often with lenticels. Stem straight & tall to 30cm diameter, branching quite high up. Does well in full sun or shade. White to cream flowers, about 6mm long, in rather loose axillary sprays, are inconspicious (Aug-Feb). Fruit ovoid, thinly fleshy but thick-skinned, up to 2.5x1.5cm, with a slight blunt ridge across the apex appearing almost like a duck's bill, fleshy, purplish-black with white dots (Nov-May). Attracts birds & insects. Non-invasive roots. Requires moderate watering. Frost resitant and also heat tolerant.

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