An adaptable tree than can and will grow in all sorts of conditions, but in forests can hit that magical 25m mark. At Ferncliffe, on misty days or late evenings, the pale trunks make the tree distinctive, even with the inevitable extra décor of lichens and moss. It actually grows fast in the right conditions, 1-2m a year, which makes it an ideal tree to plant to help restore the canopy. Fruits are enjoyed by birds and vervet monkeys.
Celtis africana has a relatively new threat: Celtis species from Asia and Australia. These are popular in urban areas, often sold in nurseries and regularly confused by the public with Celtis africana, aiding their spread. And they’re creating hybrids too. We’ll only plant local Celtis africana.