Ziziphus mucronata is a very hardy, deciduous, small to medium sized tree with both hook and straight thorns. The glossy leaves turn a beautiful, golden yellow in autumn.
It has attractive, small, yellowish flowers from October to January and hard, round, reddish-brown berries with a sweet, powdery pulp, which are known to be used as a kind of porridge.
Seeds can be roasted and used as a coffee substitute.
An excellent garden subject with a good shape whether planted in sun or semi-shade. It is a host plant to several species of butterfly. A must for a bird garden.
One of its many medicinal and magical properties is that if a tree is felled after the first rains, a drought will certainly ensue.
It is an indicator of underground water.
Size 3 to 10m