Common name: Silver oak

Native to: Eastern and Southern tropical Africa


Silver oak is a large, fairly fast-growing, evergreen tree that can grow up to 35 metres tall.The bole has a diameter of up to 85cm under favourable conditions.The wood is highly valued, especially as a fuel and for carving statues etc. It is commonly harvested from the wild. The tree grows quite quickly on good soils and is often planted as an ornamental around dwellings in Kenya.
The tree has been much overexploited for its wood in the past. It has been classified as 'Near Threatened' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011).

Brachylaemna huillensis

  • Native / exotic: Native

    Aspect: Full sun

    Flowers: Small pale white flowers in umbels interspersed at branch ends.

    Fragrance: None

    Foliage: Evergreen, silvergrey leaves on underside, serrated edge

    Growth habit: Upright, wide branching

    Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant

    Height: Up to 30 metres / 80 feet

    Spread: Up to 5 metres / 18 feet

    Soil requirements: Prefers well-drained soils. Keep well mulched

    Uses: An attractive smaller tree species with silver undersides to serrated leaves. Used for carving and timber as a replacement to sandalwood in India and a fragrant oil is extracted from the bark.


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