Natal Mahogany Plant

The little known Natal Mahogany plant, Trichila dregeana, is an excellent upright exotic looking houseplant that loves to be watered. The Natal Mahogany, a hardy, woody, bushy plant with dark green shiny leaves, can reach over 7′ in height and over 4′ in width. Although a Natal Mahogany resembles a Schefflera Amate, it’s more exotic looking and much more forgiving. Interiorscapers have learned that a Natal Mahogany can grow even in moderate, low light as long as it has enough water. These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants. This plant, relatively new to the market, is an absolutely sensational indoor plant from South Africa. It’s perfect for people who tend to over-water.

 

FAQ

I Travel a Lot but Really Love Natal Mahogany Plants. If I Get One, Is There a Way I Can Make Sure It Gets Enough Water While I’m Traveling for Work?

A Natal Mahogany does very well in self-watering and sub irrigation pots. This should solve the watering problem. If you don’t want to invest in new pots, be sure to always leave your Natal Mahogany plant in a deep saucer filled with water while you’re away. You could also use DriWater to keep it moist.

Is It Possible to Find a Natal Mahogany Plant in a Small Pot to Sit on a Table?

In theory, yes you can find a natal Mahogany in a small pot. In reality, I haven’t seen one in a pot smaller than 10” in diameter and about 12” in height. They are usually sold as floor plants 4ft.-6ft. in height.

I Have My Natal Mahogany in a Pretty Dark Corner and the Leaves Are Getting Further & Further Apart on the Branch. The Plant Is Growing but Looking Very Thin.

It sounds like your Natal Mahogany could use more light. Cut back the leggy growth, move the plant to a brighter spot in your home, and it should become bushier in no time.