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Rothmannia globosa


Water Needs


Rothmannia globosa
Tree small: Shrub large
September Bells

6 x 4 m


Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade




cream-white; spring

Garden Situation

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


woodland forest; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn; fynbos


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

Rain Season

winter; summer

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“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
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