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White Stinkwood

Celtis africana

Also known as

Witstinkhout (Afr.), Umvumvu (Xhosa), Usinga Lwesalukazi (Zulu), Modutu (Sotho & Tswane), Mpopano (Venda)

Celtis africana by Matthew Fainman (

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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White Stinkwood Overview

This is an excellent landscaping tree, gives full shade in summer and can grow under a wide range of conditions. It is a medium to large sized deciduous tree and the small yellow fruits are enjoyed by birds. Tree can be easily confused with Celtis sinensis (Chinese white stinkwood). This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape.

Common problems with White Stinkwood

Generally problem free

    How to harvest White Stinkwood

    Harvest seeds in summer.

    How to propagate White Stinkwood


    Sowing time in Autumn; Germination time about 15-30days.

    Special features of White Stinkwood

    Attracts birds

    Birds like, rameron pigeons, willow warblers, black-eyed bulbuls, mousebirds and crested barbets feed on the berries.

    Attracts useful insects

    Celtis africana leaves are food for the larvae of the long-nosed butterfly.

    Drought resistant

    Other uses of White Stinkwood

    Landscaping, timber and to attract birds.

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