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Baphia racemosa


Water Needs

moderate; high

Baphia racemosa
Shrub large; Tree small; Tree medium
Camwood; Peawood

6 – 10 m


Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade


sensitive; light; place under mature trees


white; August – January; spring; summer

Garden Situation

sun; semi-shade; sandy soils; street tree; shade tree; small area tree; container; wildlife bees butterflies insects birds butterfly host


coastal Eastern Cape; coastal KZN; woodland forest


thicket; subtropical East Coast

Rain Season

summer; winter

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This small, fragrant tree or large evergreen shrub is a perfect focal ornamental tree close to the patio. The roots are non-invasive with a neat form, rounded crown and beautiful white flowers that hang in masses on all branches from August to January – creating a perfect festive arrangement. A small spot of bright yellow to guide bees. At night they give off a strong violet-like fragrance. Straight stem, either single or multi-stemmed, with smooth grey to brown bark. Leaves: smooth, dark green with a slight gloss, and a wavy margin. A slow grower it is a good choice for small gardens and will do well in a pot. Host plant to blue-spotted Charaxes and brown and orange-barred Playboy butterflies.

Baphia racemosa
Baphia racemosa
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