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Today is Sappi TREE TUESDAY! The Weeping Sage Buddleja auriculata has beautiful glossy foliage: its leaves are deep-green above and silver below. Profuse spikes of tiny, tubular, sweetly-scented cream, orange or lilac flowers appear in July (mid-winter) to September (spring) on the ends of the 'weeping' branches. The fruit is a tiny, creamy brown capsule that splits at the tip (June to September).
The Weeping Sage occurs naturally on mountain slopes, in rocky ravines, and on forest margins, from Eastern Cape to Zimbabwe. The flowers attract many butterflies and other insects, which in turn become food for insectivorous birds like the Southern Boubou and Cape Robin-Chat.
Reference: POOLEY, E. 1993. The complete guide to trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei. Natal Flora Publications Trust.