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Acokanthera oblongifolia

Wintersweet

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsJanuary & May
  • Height4m to 6.5m
  • Spread2m to 4.5m
  • Growth HabitBranched oval
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Acokanthera oblongifolia (Wintersweet). Also known as Acokanthera spectabilis. This is a dense, evergreen shrub which can grow to a height of 65m tall. It has large glossy green leaves which turn purple in winter. The flowers are clusters of star-like fragrant white blooms tinged with pink and they can be seen in spring and summer. Poisonous berries ripen from green to bright purple, to black.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

dune poison bush

Origin

Mozambique, S.Africa,

Interest and use

Suitable for coastal conditions. Sap used as an arrow poison. Also used medicinally for snakebites, itches and internal worms.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Grow under glass in loam-based potting compost. These plants are frost tender and need a minimum of 10C. They will require full light and a well drained soil.

Propagation

Sow seeds in spring or autumn at about 22C. In summer you can grow semi-ripe cuttings rooted with bottom heat.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Trouble free.

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