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Friday, November 14, 2014

Cussonia paniculata sinuata - Mountain Cabbage Tree

The Mountain Cabbage Tree is a slow growing small tree, much like a dracaena with a swollen trunk designed to hold water. South African native, tolerant to about 20*F. Ours in the garden showed some cold damage at 22, losing some of the newer foliage.



Leaves are clustered at the tip of the plant.




Evergreen leaves are palmately compound, 2-3' long, mostly petiole, with 10 or so bluish green, deeply dissected or lobed leaflets.



Flowers after many years, yellow tiny flowers on a  woody stalk.





Fruit



Trunks are deeply furrowed, usually single when young but later may be branched after initially flowering.



Misidentification:
Can't think of anything

Location:
Aptos
Cabrillo College Horticulture Gardens (Dead)

Rio Del Mar Flats
216 Venetian

Santa Cruz
1310 Laurel Dr.

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