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PlantFiles: African Wisteria Tree
Bolusanthus speciosus

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bolusanthus (bo-luh-SAN-thus) (Info)
Species: speciosus (spee-see-OH-sus) (Info)

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DawnRain On Jan 3, 2005, DawnRain from Bartow, FL wrote:

I know it as African wisteria tree. It is slow growing and likely to be small for a very long time, probably not getting more than 6ft tall in a central Florida garden. But it does bloom at about 2-4 years old and less than a foot tall. My garden is zone b and it has been happy outdoors here. It can take a light frost, but its size makes it easily protected. And it is certainly something every garden does not have. If you are into bonsai, this is an excellent choice. DR

Positive udigg On Jun 20, 2004, udigg from PH
Israel (Zone 10b) wrote:

A beautiful Wisteria like blooming south african tree. looses its leaves for a short while and then get coverd by flowers. Tends to form various trunks, but can be pruned to grow on one. possibly goog container plant. non-invasive root system.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Bartow, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida

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