The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Apple-leaf Tree

Afrikaans name: Appelblaar

Apple-leaf tree in Berg-en-Dal camp

Apple-leaf tree

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Lonchocarpus capassa

Another name for the Apple-leaf tree is the Rain Tree. The Apple-leaf is found in various areas but achieves its tallest heights along rivers and other water courses.

The flowers of the Apple-leaf attract a lot of bees as they are very fragrant and give off a lot of nectar. They vary in height between 5 and 15 metres. The trunk of the Apple-leaf is slightly twisted. The wood is hard and heavy and is used for making heavy duty items such as tool handles and dug-out canoes.

Although the leaves are not very palatable a number of species, including Giraffe and Kudu, will occasionally browse on them. Elephants feed off the branches.

Gardeners in frost-free areas may consider adding an Apple-leaf to their garden. The tree grows quickly from seed.

Leaves of an Apple-leaf tree

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Bark of an Apple-leaf tree

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References and further reading

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1994 - Page: 174

Wild Issue 35 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 82

Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Published: 1997 - Page: 112

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1999 - Page: 38

SA Wild Flower Guide No 4 - Transvaal Lowveld - Author: Jo Onderstall - Published: 1984 - Page: 114

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 164

Piet van Wyks Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 1st edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 1988 - Page: 96


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