The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Common Cabbage-Tree

Afrikaans name: Gewone Kiepersol

Common Cabbage Tree

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Cussonia spiccata

The Common Cabbage-Tree grows to a height of 3 to 10 metres.

The leaves of this tree are arranged spirally. Its flowers are greenish-yellow in colour and are packed on to stalks. The flowers five way to purplish fruit.

In South Africa they can be found from near Cape Town, along the south and east coast, and across the whole northern and and north-eastern portions of South Africa.

A variety of wildlife make use of this tree. Various mammals eat the leaves, bark and roots. Birds are attracted to the flowers are fruit. Some butterflies are also attracted to the fruit.

References and further reading

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 850

The Gardener - 2021/02 - Author: - Published: 2021 - Page: 44

The Natal Bushveld - Volume 1 - Author: Natal Parks Board - Published: 1981 - Page: 59

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1994 - Page: 378

The Flora of the Natal Drakensberg - Author: Donald Killick - Published: 1990 - Page: 70

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1999 - Page: 25

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 270

Country Life - Issue 175 - Author: - Published: 2011 - Page: 90

Everyones Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Published: 1989 - Page: 87

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 5th edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2008 - Page: 185

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 159

Indigenous Beginnings - Author: Anneke Kearney - Published: 2008 - Page: 31

Piet van Wyks Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 1st edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 1988 - Page: 185

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - 2nd edition - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Published: 2004 - Page: 110

Sappi Wild Flower Guide - Mpumalanga and Northern Province - Author: Jo Onderstall - Published: 1996 - Page: 149


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