Englerophytum magalismontanum is a hardy, evergreen small to medium sized slow growing tree that is mostly multistemmed. It has smooth, greyish bark. The leathery young leaves are a lovely bronze colour and turn glossy, blue-green with a waxy bloom as they mature. This bloom gives the tree a silvery look.
The small, brownish-pink star-shaped flowers have a musty smell and are clustered along the stems from June to December. They are followed by delicious, edible bright red berries also borne densely clustered along the stems hence the common name Stamvrug (stem fruit).It is host to Boisduval's False Acraea butterfly and the fruit is relished by birds and other wildlife.
It grows particularly well in rocky situations. It is normally a large shrub except in forested areas where it can reach 10 to 15m.
A delicious jam or syrup can be made from the fruit. It also has many medicinal uses.
Plant in sun or semi-shade.
Size: 3 to 4m