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Ochna kirkii

Bird's eye bush

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Features

  • Flower ColourOrange-red

Description

Ochna kirkii (Bird's eye bush). There are about 90 species of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs. The leaves are finely toothed and may be shed briefly in late winter or spring. The flowers are usually yellow and in tight clusters.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Semi-evergreen, Shrub or Tree

Other common names

Mickey mouse plant

Origin

Africa and Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers and fruits.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

They are frost tender (min 10C), and prefer full light and well drained soil. You can grow them in full sun in any fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Prune if necessary, in early spring.

Propagation

You can propagate by seed in spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites may be problematic.

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