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Schotia brachypetala

   (Family: Fabaceae)
   
Afrikaans: Huilboerboon English: weeping boer-bean, tree fuchsia, African walnut  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
Height: 11 - 22m
Spread: 10 - 15m
Special properties:
  Frost Tolerant (light)
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred position:
Full Sun
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
 
Red
 
  Polinator
  Nectar feeding birds
  Flower info
  The flowers are rich deep red, and are produced in masses, in dense branched heads on the old wood during spring. The flowering time is somewhat irregular in that a tree in bloom may be a few metres away from one that has no sign of flowers. This irregularity is of value to the nectar feeding birds, and ensures a longer feeding season.
 
 
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
Leaf texture Smooth
Bark / Stem type
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Partially Evergreen
  The leaves are compound, with 4 to 6 pairs of leaflets, each with an entire, wavy margin. The foliage is reddish to coppery when young, turning bright green and maturing to a glossy dark green.
 
 
Fruit type EDIT
Fruit colour
Brown
Sow seeds in Spring
The boerboon / boer-bean (farmer's bean) part of the name was earned by all the species of Schotia, because of their edible seeds.
 
  Seeds per fruit 7
  Seed size Length: 20mm   Width: 20mm
  Seed info EDIT
  The fruit is a hard, flattened, woody, dark brown pod containing flattened, pale brown approx. 20 mm diameter seeds with a conspicuous yellow aril. The pods split on the tree, maturing during late summer to autumn.
 
 
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