Tree of the year 2011

Found this whilst sitting at Emmerentia in the sunshine, x

Pappea capensis
Family name: Sapindaceae
Common name:
Jacket-plum, Doppruim, indabatree (Zulu)

Description: Jacket-plum is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree with a spreading, rounded or dome-shaped crown.

Leaves are rough to the touch, dull green above and paler green below with rounded base and apex and entire or closely spine-toothed margins; alternate, simple, often crowded near the ends of branches.

Flowering are greenish yellow and are in axillary and drooping spikes.

Flowering time: summer-autumn

Fruit is a furry-green 3-lobed capsule up to 20 mm in diameter, when it split it reveals a shiny black seed enclosed by a fleshy orange-red appendage.

Origin: South Africa

Uses: the bright red, jelly-like, translucent arils around the seeds are edible with sweet-sour taste. The seed oil is edible but slightly purgative and is also applied to treat ringworm and baldness. Bark has been used as a tonic and aphrodisiac and for chest complaints. Leaf infusions are used for sore eyes and root infusions are used as purgatives for cattle.
References:
1.    van Wyk, B., van Wyk, P. and van Wyk B-E. 2008. Photo Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Briza Publications: Pretoria.
2.    van Wyk, B. and van Wyk, P. 2009. Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik Nature Publishers

5 Responses to Tree of the year 2011

  1. mol-d May 4, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    here is a long list of trees of the year 🙂

    http://www.greytown.co.za/tree.html

  2. Anel Heydenrych September 1, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    Thanks for this; will do a follow-up story for today. I thought we had 3 trees of the year this time? did I have it wrong? I had scientists from the dept of Agr, Forestry and Fisheries here and they spoke about 3 trees?
    let me know
    thanks anel
    PS: do you have anyone AFrikaans speaking that could maybe talk about this tree?

  3. NICCI ROSTRON September 2, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    YES THERE ARE THREE TREES NAMELY:

    PAVETTA L.
    PAPPEA CAPENSIS
    NUXIA CONGESTA

  4. mol-d September 2, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    hi anel and nicci, here are the details of the three trees as well as a link to a SANBI poster with more details:

    http://www.sprig.co.za/2011/08/national-arbor-week/

  5. Shani Grové September 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Can one plant this tree in the Eastern Free State? Winter temperatures can go down to -11C.

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