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

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Rapanea melanophloeos

Rapanea melanophloeos  | Cape beech | Kaapse boekenhout | evergreen tree, growing at a medium rate

Rapanea melanophloeos | Cape-beech | Kaapse boekenhout | A neat, upright, evergreen tree. | Oubaai Golf Estate

Gardening ideas

Suitable for a small garden. Plant it as a focal point and shade tree. Cape beech's up-right growth form has a somewhat formal look and will compliment a formal garden design. It is a no-nonsense, hardy tree. The species has a tendency to sprout from root suckers which must be controlled, but is otherwise low maintenance.

Rapanea melanophloeos


Kaapse boekenhout

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It is hardy (min. temperature -2C )

  • It will grow in soil type:

well-drained, compost rich

Medium: 10m high; 6m crown

  • Mature size?

  • Plant in container?


  • It's leaf growth is


  • It's growth rate is


  • It's roots are

slightly aggressive

  • It's drought tolerance?

Requires modest water

  • Sexes?

Bisexual flower on the same tree

  • Birds?

Fruit eaters

up to 10m

  • Screening value?

  • Flowers?


  • Value to game?

no value

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