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PlantFiles: Cape Stock-Rose
Sparmannia africana

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sparmannia (spar-MAHN-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: africana (af-ri-KAHN-uh) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mdicarlo65 On Nov 28, 2014, mdicarlo65 from Springfield, VA wrote:

In the Netherlands we grow this as a large indoor house plant. You think that's a special version or could I try it here in VA?

Positive The_Beak On Jan 7, 2011, The_Beak from Pebble Beach, CA wrote:

This 14' tree grew like a weed, protected from the wind. After blooming and thriving for 3 years, its trunks put out tiny hanging roots at the the bottom(s), and those trunks detached themselves from the underground root system. We were able to pick up these trunks and plant them elsewhere.
We have had no skin irritation problems and no reseeding. Does not appear to be a bird or butterfly attraction.

Positive SAkiwi On Jul 25, 2004, SAkiwi from Auckland
New Zealand wrote:

The Cape Stock Rose originates from the Eastern Cape in South Africa and it is easily grown from cuttings of about 20 cn or 9 inches.

It is a beautiful ornamental shrub with white flowers that can grow quickly if in a sunny well drained sandy soil. It does not like fertiliser as does any other fynbos. A pleasant gardening experience.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Oakland, California
Pebble Beach, California
San Francisco, California

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