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Ekebergia capensis leaves

Ekebergia capensis

Cape Ash (english)
Essenhout (afrikaans)
Mutovuma (venda)
Umnyamathi (zulu)


Genus Ekebergia
Specie capensis
SA Plant Number 298
Basionym Ekebergia capensis

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Ekebergia capensis is a fairly hardy, semi-deciduous, lush, medium sized, good shade tree with decorative berries that are much favoured by birds.

The small, scented greenish-white flowers appear from August to December. Male and female flowers are on separate trees therefore only female plants bear fruit.

It is also a butterfly and moth host plant.

In colder areas the leaves become a beautiful red colour in autumn. Protect from cold when very young.

Can be planted in sun or semi-shade and makes an excellent street tree. Used extensively as a magical and medicinal plant.

Size: 7 to 10m




Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape

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