Small, inconspicuous flowers are presented as much-branched sprays which are greenish-yellow in colour and are produced from June until September.
Resinous smell when crushed.
The leaves are trifoliate (a compound leaf with three leaflets), possessing narrowly lanceolate (lance shaped) leaflets. The leaves are dark green above and paler green below. They do not have any hairs on them and the margins of the leaves are entire. The leaves are leathery and are often sickle shaped.
Formerly known as Rhus lancea.
A small to medium sized evergreen tree that usually grows to a height of 7 m and a width of 7 m.
Usually a single-stemmed and low branching.
Produces small, inconspicuous greenish-yellow flowers.
Hardy and frost resistant.
Can adapt well to different soils including those that are poorly drained.
Propagated easily from seed, cuttings or layers. The ripe seed should be sown in seedling trays using a good seedling medium and transplanted into bigger containers when the seedlings reach the two leaf stage. Cuttings can be taken using young growth from September till October. The tree can grow up to 80 cm a year and is thus fairly fast growing.
Does not have an aggressive root system and can be used near paving and tarred surfaces.
An excellent shade tree especially in hot regions since it is evergreen and drought resistant.
Suitable for use as a large hedge along the boundaries of properties such as farms because of its dense growth habit.
The density of the plant makes it suitable for use as a screen or barrier against wind, noise, objectionable views or to provide privacy.
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