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Care of the plant Leucosidea sericea or Oldwood.

Care of the tree Leucosidea sericea or Oldwood

The genus Leucosidea, family Rosaceae, includes a single species of tree native to southern Africa: Leucosidea sericea.

Common name: Oldwood.

They are small evergreen trees with dense foliage that reach 7 meters (22.96 feet) in height and 5 meters (16.4 feet) in width. The attractive foliage, silvery in full sun, is composed of lobed leaves (3-4 pairs of leaflets) with a serrated margin and dark green color. The flowers are star-shaped, greenish-yellow in color and appear in spikes. They bloom in spring.

These fast-growing plants are used to create windbreaks, noise screens, as a shade tree, alongside streams, and as bonsai.

Leucosidea sericea prefers full sun exposure but also grows in semi-shade. They resist occasional frosts.

They can grow in sandy, rocky or clay soils; they prefer soils that retain moisture.

Water frequently so that the substrate is always slightly damp; wait for the surface 6 cm (2.36") of the soil to dry.

Fertilize with compost in late winter.

Low branches can be pruned in late winter to achieve tree growth.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate quite easily from seeds sown in spring or by cuttings in summer.

Images of the tree Leucosidea sericea or Oldwood

Leucosidea sericea
Leucosidea sericea
Leucosidea sericea
Leucosidea sericea
Leucosidea sericea