The Pambati tree is fast growing multi-stemmed evergreen shrub endemic to Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal. Its genus name Anastrabe was derived from the Greek words ‘ana’ which means back again and ‘strabos’ which means distorted; this refers to the male parts of the flower that are not of the same size with the larger pair curving around the shorter pair. When growing in the landscape, it can reach a mature height of 3 to 5m and in its natural habitat this tree can reach a height of 10m or more.
Anastrabe integerrima is characterised by pale grey-brown bark. The leaves are arranged in an opposite manner, they are dark green, glossy at the top and paler underneath. It produces clusters of bell shaped, scented, custard-yellow flowers from late summer to autumn, these contrast with the dark green leaves making the Pambati tree an attractive specimen in the garden. This tree is reported to be half hardy to frost; it also shows good growth in areas that receive good rains and can survive drought periods.
The Pambati tree can grow both under full sun and semi-shade positions. Its compact root system makes it an ideal tree for a small garden. Anastrabe integerrima responses well to pruning and its height can easily be manipulated to suit whatever function in the garden. Although it is normally grown as a hedge or a single tree in the landscapes, the Pambati tree is also ideal as a container tree on the patio.