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Characteristics: Evergreen tree 10 m spread 3 m
Seeds per packets: 15
Virgilia divaricata is a beautiful tree that is suitable for both the domestic garden and big landscapes.
A fast growing tree with an attractive growth form with purplish pink pea shaped flowers appearing late spring through summer and into autumn.
The flowers of this species are rich in nectar and attract many insects and birds.
Virgilia divaricata is often confused with Virgilia oroboides as they are both very similar trees.
Native to South Africa.
Prefers a well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.
Seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.