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Care of the plant Kiggelaria africana or Wild peach.

Care of the plant Kiggelaria africana or Wild peach

The genus Kiggelaria, family Achariaceae, comprised 9 species of shrubs and trees native to Africa. Currently only one species is included: Kiggelaria africana.

Common name: Wild peach. This species is native to eastern and southern Africa.

They are low-branched, wide-crowned trees that reach 10 meters in height. The leaves are ovo-lanceolate in shape and are bright green on the upper surface and greyish green on the underside. The flowers appear in clusters, are bell-shaped and greenish-yellow in color. They bloom from spring to summer.

They are used to form screens and as a shade tree; they are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

Kiggelaria africana needs full sun exposure and a Mediterranean climate. They resist frosts down to -2 ºC.

They can grow in rocky soils but prefer well-drained soil that contains organic matter.

They resist drought quite well; water moderately waiting for the substrate to dry.

Fertilize with manure or compost in the fall.

Prune only if you want to achieve a tree size.

They are plants resistant to pests and diseases.

They propagate from seeds sown in spring and by cuttings in early summer.

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Kiggelaria africana
Kiggelaria africana
Kiggelaria africana
 

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