Cassinopsis ilicifolia

Cassinopsis ilicifolia

Common Names

Lemon Thorn (english)
Lemoentjiedoring (afrikaans)
imamba eluhlaza (zulu)


Genus Cassinopsis
Species ilicifolia
SA Plant Number 420
Basionym Cassinopsis ilicifolia


Cassinopsis ilicifolia is a hardy, evergreen, decorative large shrub with glossy, bright green leaves and green stems.

The branchlets have a zigzag pattern and single spines. Small, inconspicuous, greenish-white flowers are borne from September to November.

Beautiful bright orange berries cover the shrub in profusion in autumn. This is a great plant to attract fruit eating birds.

It makes a good security barrier and can be clipped into a beautiful formal hedge. Use as a container plant or simply as a specimen plant.

Plant in full sun (not too hot) or semi-shade as this is a plant of forest margins.

The seeds are traditionally used as beads.

Size 2 to 4m



Bright orange fruit attracts birds to the garden.



Makes a very good hedge - clipped to a formal shape or left as a security barrier hedge.Good for screening.


Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal, Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Western Cape


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