James H. Schutte
Plant Common Name
Falcate Yellowwood, Henkel's Yellowwood
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With shiny green foliage that looks like small sickles, Henkel's yellowwood adds a fine-texture to the landscape, either as a specimen, allee or hedgerow. Hailing from the moist highlands of eastern and southern Africa, this tall slow-growing evergreen tree has gray-brown to tan bark that is fissured, exfoliated with great age to reveal a reddish brown underlayer.
The shiny green to dark blue-green leaves are flat but narrow. Each blade has pointed ends, "rolled-under" edges, is often curved and droops from the branch. Young leaves emerge lighter green and soft. Plants are dioecious - either being male or female. There are no flowers but cones are produced: male cones are small and erect and pink-tinted while the rounder female cones bear the yellow-green seeds.
Grow Henkel's yellowwood in deep, fertile loamy or sandy soils that are moist for best growth, although it tolerates drier and clay soils but then grows more slowly. Full to partial sun exposures are required. Use it as a specimen tree in a yard or park, lining a street or collectively in a tall hedgerow. While young it is good for container culture.
AHS Heat Zone
10 - 7
USDA Hardiness Zone
9 - 12
H1, H2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
30'-50' / 9.1m - 15.2m
15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m
Eastern Africa, Southern Africa
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees, Street Trees, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns