Common Name: Natal Wild Pear
Dombeya cymosa is a deciduous shrub or small tree usually growing up to 3 metres tall, occasionally reaching 8 metres[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally.
Dombeya cymosa has a very wide distribution, large population, is not currently experiencing any major threats and no significant future threats have been identified. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southern Africa - southern Mozambique, Swaziland, S. Africa.
River banks, in forest margins, and in semi-evergreen bushland and scrub forest, often in rocky locations, at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
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In cultivation, species in this genus generally grow best in a moist but well-drained, fertile soil and a position in full sun or partial shade[
Excellent honey is recorded to be produced by bees visiting the plant[
The wood is dark brown, fine-grained, hard and suitable for ornaments[
]. The trunk and branches are used in construction of traditional structures, spear shafts and ornaments[
Seed is very small but can be extracted from fully ripened, dry flower heads. Its viability declines within 3 months, so fresh seed has to be used for sowing. Seed is to be sown in properly drained seedbeds. Seedlings emerge in about 3 weeks[
Cuttings of semi-ripe wood, preferably with some bottom heat to encourage rooting[
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