Also known as
Camdeboo Stinkwood, Glossy-Leaf, Shiny-Leaf Buckthorn, Camdeboostinkhout (Afr.), Blinkblaar, Mofifi
Rhamnus prinoides, loof, Walter Sisulu NBT by JMK (CC BY-SA 3.0)
This plant has no fragrance
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African Dogwood Overview
The African dogwood is a very attractive dense shrub or a small tree. It has glossy green foliage and colourful fruits, which at various stages are green, yellow, red and purple or all at the same time. It is fit for small gardens and hedges, especially in cold areas. It grows naturally at medium to high altitudes, near streams or along forest margins. This tree is no relation of the American and Asian dogwoods (Cornus spp.). ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape.
Common problems with African Dogwood
Generally problem free
How to harvest African Dogwood
When cut and placed in water, the foliage keeps fresh for a long time.
How to propagate African Dogwood
Sow seeds in spring in a sandy, compost mix, cover seeds lightly with the mix and keep moist.
Special features of African Dogwood
Many bird species feed on the fruit.
Attracts useful insects
The dense foliage makes this a good hedge specimen.