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Care of the plant Nuxia floribunda or Forest elder.

Care of the tree Nuxia floribunda or Forest elder

The genus Nuxia, family Stilbaceae, includes about 50 species of trees and shrubs distributed throughout Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and some islands in the Indian Ocean. Some species are: Nuxia floribunda, Nuxia congesta, Nuxia glomerulata, Nuxia implicata.

Common names: Forest elder, Forest nuxia, Wild elder. This species is native to South Africa and tropical Africa.

They are fast-growing evergreen trees or shrubs that reach 18 meters (59 feet) in height. The lanceolate leaves up to 16 cm (6.29") in length are bright green. They produce clusters of highly scented white flowers. They bloom in summer.

They are used as isolated specimens, to form shrub groups, in public parks and in shady gardens. New growth can be cut back and placed under the bed to keep mosquitoes away.

Nuxia floribunda prefers semi-shade exposure but will also grow in full sun and shade. They resist light and occasional frosts.

The soil must be fresh, deep and contain abundant organic matter. Planting is done in early spring.

Water frequently so that the substrate always remains moist (never flood). They do not resist drought.

Fertilize in autumn with compost or manure.

Prune lightly after flowering to maintain a compact size.

They are quite resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated by semi-ripe cuttings and from seeds sown in spring.

Images of the tree Nuxia floribunda or Forest elder

Nuxia floribunda
Nuxia floribunda