It's a small evergreen tree native to South Africa, typically growing 10-20 ft tall with a spreading, rounded crown. Its attractive foliage consists of glossy, rich dark green leaves which contrast nicely with the fragrant flowers. It grows best in full sun to semi-shade, with moderate water and well-drained soil. This small tree is an excellent landscape choice, providing bright color and sweet-smelling flowers for a long blooming season.
Halleria lucida may also be referred to as Tree Fuchsia because of its resemblance to a potted Fuchsia plant. The flowers come in a variety of colors, ranging from yellow to orange to brick-red, and are very rich in nectar, making the Halleria lucida an ideal plant for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. It is also used in some ethnomedical treatments, such as a remedy for rheumatism.
Hardy in USDA Zone 9-11, Halleria lucida can tolerate short periods of cold temperatures down to at least 30sF. When growing in a pot in cold regions, it is important to bring the plant indoors when temperatures drop to protect it from frost. In general, Halleria lucida requires limited care and maintenance, making it a great choice for anyone looking for a low-maintenance landscape addition.