Dichrostachys cinerea

Water Needs

low; water wise; drought-hardy

Dichrostachys cinerea
Tree small
Sickle Bush; Kalahari Christmas Tree; Sekelbos

up to 7 m


Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade




pink and yellow; September to February; spring summer

Garden Situation

sun; semi-shade; afternoon sun; security; rockery gravel; windy exposed; grassland; small area trees; sandy soils; clay soils; shrubbery; bonsai; wildlife bees birds butterflies insects butterfly host


bushveld savanna; Coastal Eastern Cape; Coastal KZN; urban streets; rocky places; grassland; woodland forest


Subtropical East Coast; Thicket; bushveld savanna; Highveld; Karoo

Rain Season


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A small, spiny tree up to 7 m high. Very rough bark, unusual pink and yellow flowers, and coiling seed pods that make excellent Christmas decorations. Flowers from September to February. Often seed pods at the same time. Nitrogen-fixing plant that can form impenetrable thickets with non-aggressive root system. Handles moderate frost but protect when young. Drought hardy. Enjoys a range of habitats and is common in warm, dry savannas. Butterfly host. Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West

Dichrostachys cinerea
Dichrostachys cinerea