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Sparmannia africana

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Needs ample water. Can form a thicket. Also used as a multi-trunked tree.

Native to South Africa.

Family: Tiliaceae

Additional Common Names


Tree Characteristics

Rounded Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 10 - 20 feet.

Width: 6 - 12 feet.

Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.

Longevity Less than 50 years.

Leaves Oval, Light Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. White. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Capsule, fruiting in Summer.

Bark Dark Brown, Green or Light Green, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 15 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Slightly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Spider Mites.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Special Uses & Values


Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Sparmannia africana Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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