The Fever Tree (Acacia Zanthophloea) is a semi-deciduous to deciduous tree up to 30m tall, with an open, rounded to spreading crown.
The Fever Tree has a fast growth rate of approximately 1.5m per year. Under good conditions this tree is a good candidate for gardeners and landscapers who want quick results.
Feather Tree (Acacia Zanthophloea) Flowers
Flowering occurs from September to November. Flowers are followed by the production of yellowish-brown pods, this will split open to reveal the small hard brown seeds, which may be harvested from January to April.
Feather Tree (Acacia Zanthophloea) Bark
The bark is lemon yellow to greenish yellow. Support Leaves thorn-like and in pairs, white and straight.
The wood is light brown with a reddish tint, hard and heavy and a suitable general purpose timber but is should be seasoned before use otherwise it is likely to crack.
The fever tree occurs in low-lying swampy areas, along the margins of lakes and pans and along riverbanks. It is a prominent feature in the lowveld region of South Africa.
The Fever Trees is probably one of the best indigenous trees for the garden, with its contrasting bass and very rapid growth rate. Plant them in groups of up to five trees for the best effect. Birds will nest in it soon. It does not have an aggressive root system, but because it is so large, it should not be planted near a house or building.