Non-native, if calculated by number of specimens I know of "very very rare" locally, does not set seed locally yet propagates by root suckers, potentially (I know of only one place where this is evident, and that's where this came from).
I'm not being that cruel, as for the observant, this small tree is very beautiful when in bloom and happens to be planted in a couple of conspicuous places.
If you keep your eyes open you'll have seen this, even if the actual ID'ing is another matter.
If you need help, ask me, and promise to buy me a drink. Or two.
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I found this, as above, growing by the roadside at Wardija, it appeared to have "seedlings" growing literally where cars can park since the roadside is dirt.
Turns out they were sprouting surface roots, there were plenty, so I dug up a few plantlets with as much root as possible, not easy as the well-trod ground was hardpacked.
This was Summer, about Sep if not mistaken.
Placed in compost and covered by plastic bags, essential.
Some appeared to be growing, but upon taking out of the bags, the leaves would wilt. Continued occasionally taking them out of the bags, testing them, but it was always hit or miss.
Finally I had about 3 out of the bags, yet it was essential to keep them well watered.
Unfortunately this plant does not seem to like "well watered", and I lost the rest to rot and insect attack before the root system could have been properly established.
Upon hindsight, at the time of collection the plant was in full vigorous growth, soft growth, requiring plenty of water on the one hand because they were not much more than "improved" cuttings, yet at the same time this extra water was something the plants themselves could not deal with, had no tolerance for.
I think that the exercise is best carried out somewhere around March-April when the growth is slow, semi-dormant, and there are less leaves on the tree, temp lower, plant "hardended", such that there will not be a requirment for so much water and also the plant will dedicate its energies to establishing a root system rather than shooting upwards. At that time of year the timing is also good for one to enjoy the rapid growth once the plants are established, going on to Summer.
Mine at the mo is slowing down, practically stopped growing and leaves yellowing slightly, preparing for the colder weather, so I hope to keep it a bit drier.
One thing I noticed (not surprising at all) is that the very smallest plantlet survived.
The bag covering is to keep high moist level I suppose. Have you tried to grow them indoor with controlled water input from pot plates. Add 50% vermiculite to improve water retention and ariation.
Congratulations for your success!
I think that again the best time is probably as the plants are coming out of winter semi-dormancy, when the temps are lower and thus the top growth is slower too.
It has put out about 3 suckers, 2 of which seem to have died off but one is around half the size of the way it was in the pic you can see.
The inflor was terminal, dense, and still in buds. The flowers (after disecting a bud manually, was like a perfect, simple flower (cream-like but maybe colour still undevelopped). Petals seems free (but again, I was looking at an undevelopped flower)
Habitat rather damp.
I was impressed by the size of the leaves (Could cover entirely my bum!), and the nice semi-aromatic odour the hairy glands produce (its like Radian B or something simialr)