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Rhus pendulina tree for lawn area

Rhus pendulina

White Karree (english)
Witkarree (afrikaans)

Taxonomy:

Family ANACARDIACEAE
Genus Rhus
Specie pendulina
SA Plant Number 396
Basionym Rhus pendulina

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Description:

Rhus pendulina is a very hardy, very fast growing, drought resistant, semi-deciduous shade tree with a willow-like habit. The leaves are a dull green and bark is light grey-brown and smooth on young branches, becoming rough and scaly as the branches mature.

The sprays of inconspicuous flowers (male and female flowers on separate plants, therefore only female plants bear fruit) that attract insects are borne from September to January These are followed by bunches of fruit that attract birds.

Do not plant near walls, pools, pipes or paving as it has an aggressive shallow root system.

This is not a particularly long lived tree but is useful as a quick growing screening tree. Interplant with a longer living tree to ensure a permanent screen.

It throws pretty, delicately dappled shade.

Size up to 10m

Wildlife:

Butterfly larvae host plant:
Larvae of the Pearl Charaxes Butterfly (Charaxes varanes) feeds the leaves of the White Karee.

Uses:

Timber:
The long straight branches are popular as fence posts thinner younger branches are used for making fish traps.

Distribution:

Free State, Northern  Cape

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