Kiggelaria africana – Wild Peach (8m H x 8m width, sometimes bigger).
This indigenous tree is well shaped but low branching, so if you want a natural tree shape the pruning of lower branches would be recommended from a young age. If not let it grow naturally where it forms a fantastic screening and windbreaker plant. It has a smooth grey bark, which roughens with age and glossy green tough foliage, which resembles that of a peach tree. This is not a small tree and is rather considered to be medium sized but because of it having a non- invasive root system can be planted in a small garden. Keep in mind though that it has a wide spread so must be given enough space to do so, but this also lends itself to creating shade. Tiny bell shaped, yellow-green flowers are born in clusters, but it must be noted that male and female flowers are formed on separate trees and in order to produce fruits one needs both sexes and a certain balance of them which is difficult to get right, so you may not experience fruiting. If you do experience fruiting then these are knobbly-capsules which split open revealing black fruits which are covered in an orange red coat. These capsules will split wide open resembling almost a yellow star, with the red coated seeds attached (Really quite sweet). These fruits attract many different birds. Something to keep in mind though about this tree is that at a certain short period of the year this tree will be stripped of most leaves by the Acraea horta butterfly caterpillar BUT keep in mind that these caterpillars will attract many birds which eat them, and tree fully recuperates quickly. This is not a tree for the squeamish but rather for the true nature lover. This tree is widespread through South Africa and Africa, and is very tolerant of tough coastal conditions. This tree does not require much maintenance and enjoys moderate watering and an average soil which has been composted.