Native to South Africa, this small tree, growing to a maximum height of 10-20 feet, is an excellent choice for a flowering garden tree. Its easy maintenance and low water needs make it ideal for gardens in USDA Zones 9-11. It is quite tolerant of both full sun and partial shade, and also Moderare water requirement. The showy flowers of Schotia latifolia grow in pink to crimson hues, making it a beautiful addition to any garden. As an ethnomedicinal plant, it has been used for centuries for various ailments and has been known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
When planted in a pot, the Bush Boerbean is able to thrive in colder climates. Choose a pot of suitable size and fill it with a well-draining soil mix. Site the pot in an area that gets at least six to eight hours of sunlight a day and make sure to water regularly, depending on the season and climate. In hot weather, more frequent watering is needed, especially if the pot is located in direct sunlight. During cold winters, make sure to keep the pot in a sheltered area and reduce the amount of water given.
In order to keep your Schotia latifolia healthy and thriving, a bit of annual pruning is needed. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring, before the flowering season begins. This helps promote lush new growth and facilitates air circulation inside the tree. It's also important to keep an eye out for any pests or diseases, and to treat them immediately with appropriate insecticides or fungicides.
By following these simple steps, you can enjoy the beauty of Schotia latifolia for many years to come. With its easy maintenance and prominent blooms, this bush boerbean is an excellent choice for any garden!