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TreeBook: Tree Species Indigenous to Southern Africa,   indexed by Scientific name.

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Boscia albitrunca

Boscia albitrunca | Shepherds-tree | Matopie, Witgat | Its white trunk is characteristic

Boscia albitrunca | Shepherds-tree | Matopie, Witgat | A decorative desert tree with a very deep taproot. Slow growing. The picture above was taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. We recon it is about 500 years old

Gardening ideas

Shepherds-tree is a collectors' item. Under favorable conditions it may reach a height of 1.2 metres in about 4 years. However it will take many decades to develop its characteristic white trunk. Give it modest water during summer when it buds.

Boscia albitrunca


Matopie, Witgat

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It is hardy -survives temperatures as low as -2C

  • It will grow in soil type:

well-drained, sandy

Small: 5m high; 5m crown

  • Mature size?

  • Plant in container?


  • It's leaf growth is


  • It's growth rate is

very slow

  • It's roots are

slightly aggressive

  • It's drought tolerance?

very drought tolerant

  • Sexes?

Bisexual flower on the same tree

  • Birds?

Fruit eaters


  • Screening value?

  • Flowers?


  • Value to game?

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