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Searsia lancea

   (Family: Anacardiaceae)
Afrikaans: Karee, Rooikaree English: Karee Xhosa: umHlakotshane  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
Tree No.: 386
Height: 7m
Spread: 7m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Summer
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 scent EDIT
  Sweetly scented
  Bees and other insects
  Flower info
  Small, inconspicuous flowers are presented as much-branched sprays which are greenish-yellow in colour and are produced from June until September.
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf texture Smooth
  Leaf scent
  Resinous smell when crushed.
  Leaf info EDIT
  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.
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
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.
Growing EDIT
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.
Distribution EDIT
History EDIT
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.
Ecology EDIT
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