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Dais continifolia

   (Family: Thymelaeaceae)
Afrikaans: Kannabas, Speldekussing, Basboom English: Pompon tree, Pincushion tree Xhosa: inTozani  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
Tree No.: 521
Height: 6m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (light)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
pH: neutral
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
Flower shape
Flower type
  Flower info
  The masses of 40mm, globose flower heads range in colour from pink to pale lilac. Each small flower is tubular, spreading into 5 narrow petals in front and with prominent golden yellow anthers.
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
Leaf size 25 - 60mm
  Leaf info EDIT
  Partially Evergreen
  The smooth, simple, oblong-elliptic leaves are dark green with a bluish tinge on the upper side. The veins are translucent yellow and are prominent on the underside of the leaf. The leaves are 30-60mm long and 25-35mm wide.
Fruit type EDIT
Seed colour
  Seed info EDIT
  The fruit is a small nutlet concealed in the dry inflorescence bract. The tiny black seeds can be collected about 2 months after flowering.
Description EDIT
A small tree, up to 6m, with a lovely, rounded, leafy crown and a neat upright growth habit.
Fast growing, reaching their full height in 4 – 5 years and begins flowering in as early as the second year after planting.
Growing EDIT
This tree is extremely easy to propagate from seed and wild shoots.

To obtain the best results from the Pompon tree, plant it in a large hole 1m x 1m, to which plenty of good quality compost and some bonemeal has been added. Water regularly in summer for the first 2 years, until the tree is well established.
Distribution EDIT
History EDIT
Dais cotinifolia has been cultivated in European gardens from as far back as 1764.
The bark of this tree contains tannin which was widely used by the Voortrekkers for tanning hides. The bark is strong and sinuous and has traditionally been used in rural areas to make a very strong thread as well as being stripped and plaited to make a good quality rope.
Ecology EDIT
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