Tree of the Year 2014 Tree wisteria

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Botanical name: Bolusanthusspeciosus
Common name: Tree wisteria
Shona Names: mukweshangoma, mupaka, murutsa and mushengamhara
Ndebele names: impaca, umbambangwe

Background
The tree wisteria is certainly one of the most spectacular of our indigenous trees when in flower, mimicking the splendour of the Jacaranda, which unfortunately is proving to be an invader species in parts of Southern Africa.
Given time and effort, the tree wisteria could replace the Jacaranda trees from Harare streets with indigenous purple blooms instead.

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