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Natal Flame Bush, Breekhout
Scientific Name: Alberta magna E. Meyer
Family: Rubiaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Sun Exposure: Full to part sun

Origin: South Africa (Kwazulu-Natal, Transkei), in evergreen forests

Growth Habits: Small evergreen tree or shrub, up to 40 feet tall in the wild (12 m); grey, rough bark; opposite, elliptic to oblong, glossy dark green leaves, 3 to 6 inches long (7.5-15 cm), about 2 inches wide (5 cm).

Watering Needs: Prefers coastal areas, moderate water

Propagation: Seeds and cuttings

Named after Albertus Magnus (Graf von Bollstädt), a German philosopher of the 13th century. The Natal Flame Bush is spectacular but rather difficult to grow.

Blooming Habits:
Showy bright red, tubular flowers, 0.8 to 1.2 inches long (2-3 cm), with a hairy calyx, borne in terminal panicles, appearing as large sprays in late summer and fall. The fruit is a dark red drupe, 0.25 inch long (6 mm) with persistent calyx).

Fruiting Habits:

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