Baikiaea insignis , Baikiaea

Baikiaea insignis

Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Origin: Tropical Africa
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersFragrant plant

Baikiaea insignis is native to tropical Africa and is a fantastic landscape option for adding fragrance to the garden. This small tree has branches that have a dense and spreading canopy, reaching 10-20 feet in width. Its dark green, shiny leaves of narrow oval shape create a beautiful contrast with its fragrant, white or off-white flowers. They attract a variety of pollinators like bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects, making this a great option for gardens that not only strive to be beautiful, but also beneficial to the environment.

For best growing results, Baikiaea insignis should be planted in a site that receives full sun and moderate water. It flourishes best in USDA Zones 9-11 and can tolerate light frost. When growing this plant in colder climates, it should be planted in a container and brought inside during the cold season. During the warmer months, it will appreciate the outdoor air, but can be kept indoors as long as rough handling is avoided.

Baikiaea insignis requires minimal care with occasional pruning and clipping to maintain its desirable shape. It does best with occasional irrigations in the dry season. With its ability to withstand some drought, this species is a great addition to water-wise gardens.

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