Diospyros whyteana

Diospyros whyteana


Common Names

Bladder-Nut (english)
Swartbas (afrikaans)
Munyavhili (venda)
Umkhaze (zulu)
Umtenatane (xhosa)
Mohlatsane (n. sotho)


Genus Diospyros
Species whyteana
SA Plant Number 611
Basionym Diospyros whyteana


Diospyros whyteana is a large, hardy, very decorative, evergreen shrub or small tree with glossy, almost mirror-like, dark green leaves.

The clusters of small, fragrant, bell-like white flowers are borne from July to October The fruits are red when ripe, enclosed by bladder-like structures. Attracts birds to the garden.

It is an attractive garden subject although a little slow growing. It makes an exceptionally attractive hedge, lovely bonsai and container plant.

As with all Diospyros sp. sexes are on separate plants, therefore only female plants bear fruit. Used medicinally.

Size 4 to 7m.


Nectar and pollen rich flowers:

The nectar and pollen rich flowers attract many pollinating insects to the garden, which, in turn, attract many insectivorous bird species



Although slow growing, this large shrub makes a good hedge and screening plant.

A noteworthy bonsaai subject.

A beautiful container plant.


Limpopo, North West Province, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Western Cape, Eastern Cape

Forest, Grassland

Natural Habitat:
Forest, scrub forest, rocky outcrops and rocky grassland.



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