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Cussonia paniculata

 

Cabbage Tree, Mountain Cabbage Tree

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
GenusCussonia
Speciespaniculata

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Mountain cabbage trees are South African natives, not found in the wild in North America.

Identification: The “gnarly” bark and crooked branching of this small tree is attractive and suggestive of bonsai. Trees are up to 16' (5 m) high. The stem is thick and squat, with corky bark. Both the stem base and the roots store water, like all responsible succulents. Leaves are palm-like in that they radiate from a central source in groups of 7-9 and up to 13 leaflets, long, narrow and lobed in general shape; large, bluish-green, almost silvery, and waxy. Leaflets are up to 12" (30 cm) long. They may be deeply lobed, like dandelion leaves; or barely lobed, more like aloe leaves. The leaf shapes are very interesting—they remind me of large blue-green snowflakes. Flowers are small and green, in short spikes on stalks. Fruits are purple.

Cussonia paniculata (Cabbage Tree, Mountain Cabbage Tree)

A Highveld cabbage tree (Cussonia paniculata) at Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa. 11/22/2008. By NJR ZA.

Online References:

Cussonia paniculata on the South African National Biodiversity Institute's web site, plantzafrica.com

Cussonia paniculata on www.louistheplantgeek.com

Cussonia paniculata on www.hartebeestfonteinconservancy.org.za

Cussonia paniculata on www.operationwildflower.org.za

Cussonia paniculata on Hortipedia

Cussonia paniculata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Cussonia paniculata (Cabbage Tree, Mountain Cabbage Tree)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 31 × 46" (78 × 117 cm)

Range: Zones 9a-11:

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