Rothmannia globosa

Water Needs

moderate

Rothmannia globosa
Tree small: Shrub large
September Bells

6 x 4 m

Size

Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade

Frost

moderate

Flowers

cream-white; spring

container; sun; screen; feature tree; narrow spaces; shrubbery; wildlife birds carpenter bees

Garden Situation

Habitat

woodland forest; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn; fynbos

Region

western cape; thicket; subtropical east coast; highveld; savanna bushveld

Rain Season

winter; summer

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Description

“September Bells” or Rothmannia globosa are everywhere – exquisite bursts of fragrant white blooms scenting the evening air. These little trees slow growing and unnoticed for much of the year reward the patient gardener with their springtime floral gift. Mine mingles with Tricalysia lanceolata (Jackal coffee) and Wild Pomegranate (Burchellia bubalina) – a white and orange kaleidoscope. The Burchellia is festooned with orange/red tubular flowers attended by sunbirds. It is at its splendid best, growing at the edge of a mini forest, thriving in morning sun and sheltered from the hot afternoon sun. Jackal coffee waits in the wings in heavy bud. As Rothmannia finishes, Tricalysia will leap to the forefront of the stage, a mass of tiny heavily scented white flowers. This display is all too brief – a mere two weeks- but I would not be without its joy. by Jenny Dean

Rothmannia globosa
Rothmannia globosa