Cussonia transvaalensis is a very useful tree as a focal point in the landscape, due to its strong architectural form. It may also be used to good effect in a container while still young. Small to medium-sized tree up to 5 m, with attractive, coarsely textured grey-green foliage. The bark is corky and deeply longitudinally fissured. The small, green flowers are borne in dense finger-like structures and pollinated by insects, followed by the production of small, purple-black berries, which are relished by many species of fruit-eating birds. The grey cabbage tree is distributed over the Transvaal Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces; it also occurs in the Waterberg as well as isolated places in the North-West and Gauteng provinces. It occurs on rocky slopes in hot, dry, wooded savannah. The roots are succulent and edible; mashed roots have been used in the treatment of malaria. The wood is soft and was historically used for the manufacture of brake-blocks for ox-wagons.
USDA Zone - 10
Season to Sow - Spring
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