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

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Dichrostachys cinerea

Dichrostachys cinerea | Sickle-bush | Sekelbos | Ideal security screen

Dichrostachys cinerea | Sickle-bush | Sekelbos | Single tree focal point with striking flowers or an impenetrable security fence. | Burkea africana Conservancy, Pretoria.

Gardening ideas

Suitable for a large garden. Plant it as a focal point for its multi-stem growth form and stunning flowers. Sickle-bush is a good candidate for planting along a vulnerable fence as an impenetrable, spiky thicket, serving as a security screen. It has an aggressive root system. Watch out and control proliferation if you plant it as a focal point. Once in 5 years should suffice.

Dichrostachys cinerea



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It is hardy (min. temperature -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


  • It's roots are


  • It's drought tolerance?

Drought tolerant

  • Sexes?

Bisexual flower on the same tree

  • Birds?


up to 5m

  • Screening value?

  • Flowers?

showy flowers

  • Value to game?

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