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Noltea africana

Soap Dogwood

It has been adopted by the landscaping trade, perhaps for its versatility. Soapy lather made from the leaves.

Plant Type:

General Size: small

Flowering Time: summer

Flowering Colour: white

Specifications: attracts butterflies | birds | evergreen | fast growing | frost resistant | nesting sites dense busy hedges | sun

Description

This small evergreen tree is frost resistant and fast growing in the sun. The white flowers are produced in summer. It attracts birds and is used for nesting sites. It also attracts butterflies. It has been ‘adopted’ by the landscaping trade, perhaps for its versatility. It makes a great screen, -windbreak or informal hedge. The plant always has an occasional red leaf right throughout the year. The glossy green leaves are a treat in our dry, brown winters in Gauteng. Its common name comes from the fact that a soapy lather is made from the leaves. It is also used medicinally to treat Black Quarter in cattle. Named for Ernst Ferdinand Nolte (1791-1875), a German botanist and physician , professor of botany and director of botanical art at Kiel. He studied medicine in Germany and at Moscow.