Cussonia spicata, Common Cabbage Tree, Kiepersol

Cussonia spicata

Common Cabbage Tree, Kiepersol
Family: Araliaceae
Origin: Southern and Tropical Africa
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapPlant with caudexPlant used for bonsaiBig tree taller than 20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterOrnamental foliageEthnomedical plant.
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Cussonias in general have the peculiar habit of producing their attractive leaves toward the ends of thick branches in large round heads. It belongs to a large family Araliaceae, to which well known plants such as Ginseng, Ivy, and several indoor plants, as well as Tetrapanax papyriferus, the plant used to make chinese rice paper. This family is also closely related to the parsley family (Apiacae) which includes several popular vegetables and herbs such as carrots, fennel and parsley. In addition to its popularity as a decorative garden tree and useful accent plant, the leaves of C. spicata are traditionally used as a treatment for indigestion. The roots are succulent and edible, mashed roots have also been used in the treatment of Malaria. The cabbage- tree is relatively easily cultivated, but does not tolerate extreme degrees of frost. The seed should be harvested and sown fresh. Well drained soil, some water and lots of sun. Plant which can be grown as a Bonsai. The corky stem will grow to 24" in diameter and reach for 21ft height. The flowers are green-yellow.

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