Calodendrum capense

Calodendrum capense
Calodendrum capense
Calodendrum capense

Common names: Cape chestnut (English). 
Botanical name: Calodendrum capense

Calodendrum capense, also known as Cape chestnut or wild chestnut, is a beautiful tree native to the Cape and other parts of Africa. It is a handsome, well-shaped tree with large, striking flowers and a smooth, mottled grey trunk. The tree is often evergreen along the coast and deciduous inland, displaying rich yellow autumn colors. It is suitable for gardens and parks, serving as a shade or specimen tree. The timber is used for various purposes, and the seeds have traditional uses, including the belief in magic properties by the Xhosa. The tree is propagated by seed or cuttings and requires deep, fertile, well-composted soil with plenty of moisture

Uses & Benefits: cosmetics, magical, medicine

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Family: Rutaceae
Type: tree
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