Good looks, rooted in culture: This tree is often cultivated as it’s well loved by gardeners. It’s known as the ‘Umkomaas tree’ in Zulu. Sanbi’s PlantZAfrica explains that in the vernacular, this referred to the word for a female whale. Whales once suckled their young near the Umkomaas River mouth, an area evidently rich in Trichilia dregeana trees.
We’ve found just one relative youngster in the pilot area so far, so a few companions would be welcome.