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Commonly known as Lavender Tree or Forest Lavender, is a tree species native to South Africa.

Physical Description:

Leaves: The leaves are aromatic, lance-shaped, and arranged oppositely along the branches. Crushed leaves release a pleasant lavender-like fragrance.

Bark: The bark is smooth and may vary in color from pale grey to brown.

Flowers: Clusters of small, fragrant, tubular flowers that are typically white to pale yellow. The flowers are often inconspicuous but contribute to the tree's overall beauty.


Ornamental: Heteropyxis natalensis is primarily cultivated for its ornamental value. It is appreciated for its attractive foliage, aromatic leaves, and occasional display of flowers.

Aromatic Qualities: The leaves contain aromatic compounds, and the tree is sometimes referred to as Forest Lavender due to the lavender-like scent when the leaves are crushed.

Growing Conditions:

Soil: Well-drained, loamy soil is ideal. The tree can tolerate various soil types.

Watering: While it is somewhat drought-tolerant, regular watering during dry periods is beneficial, especially for young trees.

Sunlight: Heteropyxis natalensis prefers full sun to partial shade. It is well-suited to a range of light conditions.

Hardiness: The tree is native to South Africa and is adapted to subtropical and tropical climates.

The aromatic leaves may act as a deterrent to some herbivores, and the tree can attract pollinators when in bloom.

Landscape Use:

The tree is commonly used in landscaping for its aesthetic appeal, and it can be planted in gardens, parks, or as a street tree in suitable climates.

Lavender Tree (Heteropyxis natalensis)

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