Also known as
Wild Chestnut, Kaapse Kastaiing (Afr.), Muvhaha, Molalakgwedi, MookêLêLa
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This plant has a strong fragrance
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Cape Chestnut Overview
A medium-sized tree with beautiful fragrant soft pink flowers in Summer. The grey stem is slow-growing, but the wood is light and useful for furniture and will not twist and bend when dried. The trees are often spotted when in flower in indigenous forests spaced widely - and visible from the N2 driving past Wilderness to Knysna. A tree that should be considered planting more widely in our gardens! ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Western Cape.
Common problems with Cape Chestnut
Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies)
How to harvest Cape Chestnut
Wood is lightly colored and dries straight - used in furniture.
How to propagate Cape Chestnut
Sow seeds in sandy soil mix in a nursery and keep moist.
Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Special features of Cape Chestnut
Attracts useful insects
Flowers are soft pink-purple with dark spots.
Other uses of Cape Chestnut
Grown for their flowers that are produced mainly in spring-summer.