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Micky Mouse Bush

Ochna serrulata

Also known as

Birds Eye Bush, Small-Leaved Plane, Carnival Ochna, Mickey Mouse Plant, Carnival Bush, Mickey mouse plant, Bird's eye bush

Starr 080313-3393 Ochna serrulata by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Frequent watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Micky Mouse Bush Overview

A very pretty ornamental shrub that attracts the eye in the garden with its bright red sepals and black fruit which resembles the face of Mickey Mouse. Produces very dense green foliage and abundances of fragrant yellow flowers with red sepals and black or green fruit that attract birds and bees.

Common problems with Micky Mouse Bush

Relative pest and disease free.

How to harvest Micky Mouse Bush

Harvest seed when mature and sow immediately!

How to propagate Micky Mouse Bush


Birds eat small fruits and distribute seeds. Sow fresh blackmature seeds as soon as possible! They should germinate in about 6 weeks if you can harvest before the birds ate all!


Semi-hardwood cuttings can be made in Summer. Use a rooting hormone powder and keep moist. Roots should grow in 4-6 weeks.

Special features of Micky Mouse Bush

Attracts birds

Fruits and flowers attract birds

Hedge plant

Informal green hedging.

Attracts butterflies

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Wind break

Attracts bees

Other uses of Micky Mouse Bush

Grown for their flowers and fruits.


Zulu people use the roots to treat children suffering from bone diseases.


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