Brachylaena discolor | Coastal silver-oak for sale | Kusvaalbos
Coastal silver-oak (Kusvaalbos) is a fast growing, medium size, evergreen tree with shrub-like growth form. Its discolorous leaves (dark green above and silver-green below) are particularly striking. The tree bears cream-white flowers in profusion during late spring, attracting many, many bees and other insects. Brachylaena discolor has a strong tendency to grow multi-stem. Pruning stimulates copious growth. It has aggressive roots (for its size) and needs modest water. Coastal silver-oak tolerates mild frost.
A few gardening ideas:
Brachylaena discolor is an aggressive grower and will need regular pruning if you want to contain its size in a small garden, or force it to develop a single trunk and canopy. Alternatively consider to plant this tree in a large garden as a screen or wind break. Plant them about 2 meters apart. They will grow into a dense screen, 5 to 6 meters high, in about 3 years. The pertinent top/bottom color difference of this species' leaves is especially beautiful in a light breeze. And it gets even better -you can enjoy its beauty year round. Although Coastal silver-oak's natural habitat is South Africa's East coast, it grows very well in-land, provided that mid-winter temperature does not drop below -2 degrees Celsius.
Value to honeybees: Nectar, N1-3; Pollen, P0-3; Flowering months 5-10, (7-9). (See blog-post "The bee-value of South Africa's trees" for an explanation of codes)
For more information on this species go to PlantZAfrica Brachylaena discolor, Coastal silver-oak, Kusvaalbos
Currently only available in 50L
Brachylaena discolor (Coastal silver-oak) in 50L for sale.
Recommended retail price-50L