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Natal Bottlebrush

Greyia sutherlandii

Also known as

Glossy Bottlebrush, Mountain Bottlebrush, Beacon Tree

Greyia sutherlandii2 by Michael Wolf (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Natal Bottlebrush Overview

The Natal bottlebrush is a small deciduous tree. The wood is pale pink and generally light and soft. Young trees are compact and old trees do not grow tall but spread and have rough, dark trunks. Will make a good addition a a small garden. They grow best in summer rainfall areas at higher altitudes and do not fair well at the coast.

Common problems with Natal Bottlebrush

Generally problem free.

How to harvest Natal Bottlebrush

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Natal Bottlebrush


Take cuttings from new shoots when the tree is in active growth, root in fine bark mixed with polystyrene. Put the cuttings on the mist unit with bottom heating. Rooting takes 4-6 weeks.


Sow seed in late summer in a seed tray of well-drained soil. Treat seed with fungicide to prevent damping off. Keep the seed tray damp in a warm position.

Special features of Natal Bottlebrush

Attracts birds

Sunbirds are attracted to the flowers

Attracts useful insects

Bees and other insects are attracted to the flowers.

Pot plant

Can be grown in pots.

Drought resistant

Other uses of Natal Bottlebrush

Ornamental. Some African tribes to make household utensils. Some farmers use it for fencing.


Root infusions are used in traditional medicine to induce nausea and vomiting.

Other uses


Spring Flowering Shrubs

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