Family : Sapindaceae
This is a very pretty tree with a dense, sometimes spreading crown to about 12 metres in height. The bark is grey and rough. The compound leaves are dark, leathery green and have pairs of long leaflets.
The greenish – white flowers are tiny and found in large sprays near the end of the branches. The fruit is a leathery orange capsule, with 3 – 6 lobes enclosing several black seeds.
This tree is very hardy but it is a slow grower, and has been known to withstand harsh weather conditions. It can tolerate salt and most soils but it prefers good drainage. These are often found in coastal scrub areas and on established sand dunes. They attract birds and insects to the flowers and fruit. This is a particularly attractive tree that is excellent for shade and can be used for screening.
|Flowers||August to September|
|Fruit||October to January|
|Coastal Zone||Hind Dune|
|Fauna Habitat||Birds and Insects|
|Soils||Well Drained Soils|
|Amount of Sun||Full Sun|
|Amount of Water||Dry or Moderately Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Moderately Tolerant|
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