Toon tree

Toon tree

Toona ciliata

Common Name:

Toon tree

Scientific Name:

Toona ciliata

Alternative common names:


Semiideciduous tree 10-35m high with a wide rounding crown and drooping foliage. Leaves are bright green and smooth. White or yellowish fragrant flowers appear from September to March. It produces green, woody capsules which turn brown and split open.

Additional Information

Where does this species come from?

Asia (Indomalaysia to Australia)

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

CARA 2002 - Category 1 NEMBA - Category 3

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo

How does it spread?

Seed dispersal.

Why is it a problem?

Competes with and has the potential to replace indigenous species particularly in forested areas and along river banks.

What does it look like?

General description: A large, semi-deciduous tree reaching 10-35m in height with flaky brown bark.
Leaves: The drooping leaves are bright green and smooth.
Flowers: White or yellowish fragrant flowers from September to March.
Fruit/seeds: Green turning brown woody capsules which split open.

Does the plant have any uses?

Timber, ornament and shade.

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