Schotia brachypetala, Weeping Boer-bean, Huilboerboon, Tree Fuchsia, African Walnut

Schotia brachypetala

Weeping Boer-bean, Huilboerboon, Tree Fuchsia, African Walnut
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapBig tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersEdible plantPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.

Schotia brachypetala, commonly known as Weeping Boer-bean, can produce hundreds of fruit per season which are edible and have sour/ sweet taste. Fruits are usually dark purple but have a yellowish coating. It is a native tree of South Africa. It is an evergreen plant that produces attractive red, crimson and vinous flowers in spring. It is primarily an ethnomedical plant and is used in traditional medicine for treating nervous heart conditions. The fruit is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber. It contains mixtures of tartaric, malic, citric acid, and anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties.

The tree can grow up to 20 feet tall and can be grown in USDA Zone 9-11. It requires full sun or semi-shade and moderate water to thrive. It takes well to transplanting, and can grow quickly in warm, frost-free areas if planted in deep sandy soil, with plenty of compost and water. Young plants are however half-hardy to frost and require protection.

Schotia brachypetala is attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds and produces edible fruits which have a sour/sweet taste and are dark purple in colour with a yellowish coating. The fruits are a good source of antioxidants, vitamins, dietary fiber, and a mixture of tartaric, malic, citric acid and anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-viral properties. The tree may produce hundreds of fruits in a season and the seeds are edible after roasting.

In cold regions, Schotia brachypetala can be grown in pots and should be provided with adequate protection. It needs to be placed in a warm, sunny position and should be watered liberally with a general-purpose granular fertilizer during the growing season. It is important to ensure that the soil is deep, well-aerated and sandy while mulching should be done to conserve moisture and reduce the growth of weeds.

Similar plants:

Link to this plant:

Schotia brachypetala - seeds

Tree fuchsia, African walnut. Schotia brachypetala is a slow growing, handsome, small tree with a wide-spreading, densely branched, rounded crown. The flowers are rich deep red, and are produced in masses, in dense branched heads on the old wood.
Schotia brachypetala grows easily from seed, which should be sown in spring to early summer, in a well-drained potting soil, placed in a warm but shaded spot and kept moist. Soaking the seed overnight in warm (not hot) water is not necessary for germination to occur, but should hurry things along.
Ordering seeds info

Seed Germination Mix #3, professional grade
SUNSHINE-Epi - Seeds and cuttings booster
SUNSHINE Bombino - Young Plant Booster
Per pack: 6 large seeds
6 Packs in stock