Rapanea melanophloeos – Plant


Indigenous to South Africa, organically grown, and locally sourced from ethical growers committed to sustainable, Nature-friendly cultivation.

Common names: Cape beech (English).

Botanical name: Rapanea melanophloeos

Potted into 100% recycled plastic nursery pot or bag.

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Care Summary

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Plant Summary

The Cape beech, Rapanea melanophloeos, is a graceful evergreen tree that can grow up to 18 m high. It has leathery, dark green leaves and small, creamy yellow flowers that attract bees and flies. The purple fruits are a food source for birds, monkeys, and other animals. The Cape beech has a wide distribution in southern Africa, from the Western Cape to Zambia, and can tolerate coastal and windy conditions. It is also a useful plant for humans, as its wood is valued for furniture and violins, and its bark has medicinal properties for various ailments. The Cape beech is a hardy and attractive tree for large gardens and screening purposes.


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