Mundulea sericea is an attractive small tree or shrub well known for its for its interesting corky bark. This tree normally reaches a mature height of 7.5-12m high and is usually single-stemmed with a bushy branched crown. This tree is common in Southern African countries which include Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland. In South Africa, it is native to Transvaal and Natal.
The pale green leaves of the Cork bush are alternate, with uneven number of leaflets. It produces mauve and lilac flowers which appear simultaneously with new leaves in Spring and early summer [October to February]. After flowering, fruits appear in form of long pods with thickened yellow-brown rims that become brown-grey as they mature, these pods are velvety hairy and may persist on the branches throughout winter. These fruits mature from November to April.
Because of its small mature size, this tree is ideal for small gardens. It also grows well as a pot plant and is lovely as a bonsai. The root system of Mundulea sericea is non-invasive, one can consider 2m as the safest distance for planting this tree from built areas. M.sericea is suitable for planting close to the pool and is also a useful Agroforestry species.