Common Name: Pompon tree, Pincushion tree, Posybush, Torch Tree
Family: Thymelaeaceae Juss.
Country of Origin: Madagascar to southern Africa - Eastern Cape
Habitat: margins of forests, wooded hill slopes and in stony kloofs
Description: Native to southern Africa, this bushy, rounded shrub or small tree grows to about 10 ft (3 m). It has reddish bark and oval, blue-green leaves up to 3 in (7 cm) in length. In late spring it bears fragrant flower clusters of tubular pink blooms.
Uses: Bark yields a strong fiber used by natives of Natal as thread.
Culture: It is evergreen in warm areas and deciduous in cool climates.
USDA Zone: 11
This accession has been observed in bloom on:
Accession # 199300375
Voucher 128473 at George Safford Torrey Herbarium (CONN). Specimen collected 29 April 2004. Herbarium Image