Cussonia paniculata, native to Southern Africa, is an evergreen tree species known for its small size, growing up to ten to twenty feet tall. This species is an ideal choice for bonsai enthusiasts who want to create an interesting and unique container garden.
Cussonia paniculata thrives best in full sun and needs moderate water to ensure its well-being. This tree species is usually grown in USDA zones 9-11, making it a harder to find than some other climate-hardy varieties. It is known for its strong wood and beautiful gray bark that develops a white patina as the tree matures. Its thick foliage consists of dark green drops with a glossy hue. The species is also known for its exuberant flowers that set off from its foliage.
Cussonia paniculata is one of those plants that require moderate to minimal care. When growing these trees in a container, make sure that you use soil that can easily drain its water. Water it regularly, particularly during the hot summer months. It's also better to fertilize the tree every three to four weeks, especially when it is actively growing. If you are living in a cold region, you must use a pot to place the plant in, as well as provide the Cussonia paniculata with a cold-protection mulch in the winter. Lastly, prune the tree occasionally to maintain a desired shape and size.
With the right care, Cussonia paniculata can be an interesting ornamental tree to have in your landscaping. It is tolerant of drought and heat, making it a perfect species for regions with extreme temperatures. Plus, its unmistakable foliage and flowers make for a beautiful addition to any garden.