Sterculia rogersii – Star Chestnut (plant)
This is a small tree (6m tall) with smooth bark flaking to reveal reddish to purple or yellowish under-bark and a characteristic thickset trunk. It has saucer-shaped, showy yellow flowers with radiating red streaks carried on the old wood and young branches, making it a very interesting garden subject. Sterculia rogersii can be found growing naturally in the lowveld of KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province, as well as Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It prefers low dry bushveld, usually in rocky river gorges or on dry rocky outcrops. From PlantZAfrica website.
Care and Cultivation of Sterculia rogersii
Sterculia rogersii bis a drought tolerant, beautiful and hardy species suitable for most gardens. Likes a full sun position in a well drained soil, m,ake sure to choose a very well drained and elevated site. Deciduous in most areas. Can be kept as a succulent bonsai, it has a tuberous root which can be raised for effect.
1 plant (approx 150mm tall, not the plant pictured)
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