Kirkia wilmsii is a deciduous tree with a rounded but spreading, irregular canopy; it can grow from 2 - 20 metres tall[
]. The bole usually branches from near the ground[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of fibre. It also serves as an emergency supply of water in times of shorage. An ornamental tree, it ca be grown in gardens[
Southern Africa - northern S. Africa.
Found on granite and dolomitic soils in dry bushveld, preferring rocky places[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant that just enters into the tropical zone in northern S. Africa, where it grows in a seasonal climate at elevations from 365 - 1,495 metres. It can tolerate occasional light frosts[
Prefers a sunny posiion[
]. Grows best in a moist but well-drained soil[
]. Established plants can survive short periods of drought because they have a store of water in their roots[
The tree has a moderate rate of growth[
The tree is a handy source of water to people in periods of drought - they get the water from storage areas in the thickened roots of the tree[
A rather strong fibre is obtained from the bark. It can be used for weaving[
Seed - easy[
Cuttings root easily[
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