Cussonia transvaalensis
“Grey Cabbage Tree”

Cussonia transvaalensis “Grey Cabbage Tree” Cussonia transvaalensis “Grey Cabbage Tree”

Bonsai photo courtesy of Geoff Stein

Just about the coolest evergreen tree for the smaller garden in temperate climates! Wonderfully “Dr. Seuss-ish” this fast growing S. African Native sprouts large roundish crowns atop single or multi-branched trunks – like a “Truffala Tree”. (You remember!) Beautiful, deeply fissured and corky bark paired with unusual and attractive foliage, this highly architectural specimen tree is a sight to behold indeed. The foliage is grayish green-blueish green and the leaves look like giant green snowflakes! Growing natively on dry rocky slopes, its best planted in well drained soil (not clay!) with a bit of Summer water once established. Add an annual bit of compost too. Superb in succulent/cactus/dry Mediterranean type gardens. Can be grown in a container for quite a while and can even be bonsai-ed. To 16' high.

Annie

Full Sun
Avg./No Summer Water

Perennial Tree 
USDA Zones 9-11