Schotia brachypetala

The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney - September

Common name Weeping boerboon, tree fuchsia, African walnut 
Scientific name Schotia brachypetala Sond.
Family  Fabaceae

Genus: Schotia - for Richard van der Schot, one time head gardener at Schonbrunn, Vienna. Died 1819.

Species: brachypetala - short petalled.

Distribution Zimbabwe, Mozambique, south to Transvaal, Natal, Swaziland.
Native habitat In dry hilly woodland away from the coast.
Description Wide spreading tree to 15 m high x about 10 m wide. Smooth grey bark when young, rough and darker when older. Evergreen. Compound leaves - 4 to 8 pairs of leaflets each having an entire, wavy margin. Flowers are numerous and deep red producing copious quantities of nectar. Fruit a hard, woody pod up to 15 cm long. Seeds attached by a fleshy, yellow aril. Maturing in summer.
Flowering/fruiting Flowers appear September to October.

Location in Garden

Growing on Lawn 5. Click here for map of garden beds & grid.


This tree is quite spectacular when in flower as it attracts rainbow lorikeets which feed on the nectar, sometimes becoming intoxicated.

Schotia brachypetala is often planted along streets and roadsides in Queensland.

Its medium size and drought hardiness makes it excellent for this purpose. Tolerant of frost to -5 degrees C.

A very ornamental species which is spectacular when in flower.

Not known to be weedy.

Presently available from the Growing Friends.