This small tree with a broad, rounded crown and masses of spectacular star-shaped, scented, pink flowers must be among the most perfect ornamental trees for warm temperate climates. It looks simply heavenly, especially when in flower, is deciduous only briefly in cooler winters, fast-growing but stays a reasonable size, hardy to some drought and moderate freezes, and easy to grow from seed.
Perhaps that latter point is its only drawback, it tends to self-sow in the garden quite prolifically in suitable conditions. Dais Cotinifolia is native to southern Africa, Madagascar, and the Comoros Islands and is a hugely popular ornamental in South Africa while surprisingly little-known elsewhere.
Native to South Africa.
Prefers light to medium well-drained soil in a protected sunny position, drought and frost resistant.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°;C for this species.