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Sicklebush- dichrostachys cinerea

KNOWN FOR:​​

  • Known also as Bell Mimosa, Chinese Lantern or Kalahari Christmas Tree 

  • Nitrogen fixer

  • Many medicinal properties 

SIZE:

  • 10'Hx10'W

PH Range:

  • 5.0-8.0

Zone:

  • 8-12 cold tolerant down to 28 degrees

APPEARANCE:

  • Foliage - Green

  • Flowers - White & Yellow to Pink & Yellow 

EXPOSURE:

  • Full to partial sun

Notes:

  • Can tolerate some frost when mature

  • Suitable for most soils

  • Suitable for containers or as bonsai.

  • Drought tolerant

  • Termite resistant

  • Great fuel source, slow burning-no smoke

Feed:

  • Fast grower

  • Occasional foliar feeding 

General Information:

Dichrostachys cinerea is a multipurpose tree and its pods and seeds are edible. The wood is heavy and termite-resistant and is thus used to make posts and fences. It can be used for fuel since it makes no smoke and burns slowly. The bark is fibrous and used for twine. Sicklebush also provides several environmental services.

 

A favorite plant to train as a bonsai. This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby. Flowers mid summer.

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