Euclea crispa

Euclea crispa

Common Names

Blue Guarri (english)
Bloughwarrie (afrikaans)
Mutangule-Nyele (venda)
Motlhaletsogane (tswana)
Umshekisane (zulu)


Genus Euclea
Species crispa
SA Plant Number 594
Basionym Euclea crispa


Euclea crispa is a very hardy, drought resistant, small evergreen tree has a white stem and beautiful blue-green or olive-green leaves.

The leaf shape and colour are variable and can often make this tree difficult to identify. The small, sweetly scented, greenish-white flowers appear from December to May.

It bears edible black berries and attracts birds and mammals that feed off them. The dense leafy crown makes this a wonderful screening plant and a must for a bird garden or informal hedge.

With its silvery stem and rounded dense crown it makes a beautiful specimen tree and looks most attractive planted in among rocks.

A delicious jam can be made from the fruit and it has many medicinal and household uses.

Size 3 to 6m




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

Grassland, Thicket

Forest margin, Grassland, Rocky Outcrops, Woodland


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