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TreesConservatory Greenhouse

Cladostemon kirkii

A small deciduous, tropical tree, growing in hot, dry, often sandy soils in habitat, up to 6m high, bearing tri-foliate leaves in mid-green, which are covered in fine hairs on their underside. The white, sweetly scented, asymmetrical flowers, have pink veining and turn yellow with age. They are born at the tips of the branches and are followed by light brown gourd shaped fruit.

Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Yellow Pink Green
Summer Green Brown
Autumn Green Brown
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Capparaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Name status

Unresolved

Plant range
Tropical & S Africa

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a any well drained soil and a position in full sun or partial shade, in a conservatory, greenhouse, or as a houseplant in the UK

Propagation

Propate by seed, or by semi-ripe cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

pruning group 1

Pests

May be susceptible to red spider mite, scale insects and mealy bug

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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