AFRICAN TREE WISTERIA BOLUSANTHUS SPECIOSUS SEEDS GREAT FOR BONSAI! $2.50

THE AFRICAN TREE WISTERIA IS A RARE TREE THAT WILL GROW WELL AS A BONSAI, A SMALL OR MEDIUM TREE! EASILY CONTAINABLE, SPECTACULAR AND GREAT IN A POT OR IN THE GARDEN! AFRICAN TREES LIKE OUR ENVIRONMENT AND GROW REALLY WELL!

The wisteria tree stands out as one of Africa’s most striking native trees, particularly when it bursts into bloom. Its cascading, fragrant, blue-mauve flowers, reminiscent of peas, drape in clusters from its branches, often enveloping the entire tree. Its leaves, arranged spirally, hang delicately from drooping branches akin to those of the willow.

Typically featuring multiple stems, the wisteria can be shaped through pruning to develop a single trunk. Its bark, a rough and deeply fissured brownish-gray, holds high value among carpenters for its excellent woodworking properties. Craftsmen frequently fashion it into exquisite furniture pieces, while its sturdy, termite-resistant stems find utility as fencing posts.

The species name, “Bolusanthus,” pays homage to Harry Bolus (1834 to 1911), a distinguished South African botanist and the founder of the Cape Town Bolus Herbarium, while “speciosus” in Latin denotes its striking beauty. Indigenous to wooded grasslands across southern Africa, from Angola and Zambia to KwaZulu-Natal, it serves as a vital resource for various wildlife, including monkeys, gemsbok, giraffes, and grey duikers, which feed on its pods and leaves.

Beyond its ornamental and practical uses, the wisteria holds medicinal significance. Its roots offer relief for stomach ailments, while the inner bark addresses abdominal cramps. As with any herbal remedy, it’s imperative to seek guidance from a qualified medical or herbal practitioner before taking as medicine, especially considering individual health conditions, allergies, and potential interactions with other medications. Consulting a professional ensures safe and effective usage, guarding against adverse reactions and promoting optimal well-being.

 

Grow Notes
Drought tolerant, should come through a light overnight frost once mature. Will grow in most frost-free regions of Australia. Regular water and a sheltered spot will result in more flowers than drought conditions and a windy site.

Full sun to part shade position with light, well-draining soil is ideal.

Sow
These are large seeds, easy to see and handle. Plant seeds in spring, cover to twice the width of the seed.

Germination
Be patient as they can take a little while to break out of the seed as they tend to put down roots first before leaves. So, no action above the soil does not mean failure!

Maturity
This decorative, small to medium-sized tree is deciduous, dropping its leaves only for a short period in early spring. Flowering time is from August to January (spring and summer). Flowers are followed by papery, brown fruit pods, that hang from the branches in clusters, and never split to release their seeds, which is why many African animals eat these and distribute the seeds. It also means there will be no self-seeding.

 

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