Kei Apple (Dovyalis caffra)
The indigenous Kei Apple (Dovyalis caffra) has creamy green flowers in early summer followed by a yellow edible fruit. This shrubby tree is thorny, water-wise, wind tolerant and grows up to 5m high.
Viburnum tinus Compacta
Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Prince’ (Laurustinus) makes an unusual informal hedge or single feature plant. It has evergreen dark green leaves and heads of small white flowers in late winter/early spring followed by small blue-black berries. Not fussy about soil type they will grow in sun or shade in moist but well drained soil. Trim in late winter. Untrimmed mature height x spread 3m(10ft).
Plumbago auriculata Lam
Everyone loves a lemon tree in their own garden.
The Bladder-nut tree (Diospyros whyteana) is an indigenous evergreen shrub or small multi-stemmed tree reaching 5m in gardens. It is a good accent plant with non-invasive roots and fragrant, bell-shaped, cream flowers in spring.
The Pondo waterwood can be used in many ways. It is a good garden subject, especially in the rockery or wild fruit garden, because it attracts many bird species. Plant it in a sunny spot in the garden, but water well. With its reddish side veins and its colorful new leaves, it is a lovely ornamental plant. It is also an attractive container plant with its deep green, glossy foliage. Its weeping form placed in entrances makes a good focal point.
S. pondoense grows easily from seeds. Once the fruits are ready then the seeds should be collected quickly before birds come and enjoy themselves! Sow the seeds in a fine soil mix, cover them to ensure that they don’t dry out. Make sure that you keep the media moist, but not wet, to induce germination. The correct time to sow seeds is autumn just after you have collected them. Fresh seeds have a high success rate. Rooting the cuttings of this plant is also very easy. Cuttings can be taken in autumn and rooted in pure river sand.
Growing Syzygium cordatum
The tree is best grown from seed. For better germination pre-treat seed with a pre-emergance fungicide, this will prevent seedlings from dampening off before emerging above the soil. Sow seed in a seed tray filled with well-drained soil and cover seeds with a thin layer of soil. Water well and keep in a well-ventilated area. Once seed has germinated, feed seedlings with an organic liquid fertilizer. Pot seedlings into individual plant bags or pots.
As its common name suggests, this is a water-loving tree, so it is best planted in full sun near a stream or river bank or any damp area.
The genus Syzygium has many medicinal properties. Eugeniin extracted from the buds of almost all species of this genus has antiviral activity against the Herpes simplex virus. Bark infusions of this plant are said to ease pain and coughing.
Searsia (Rhus) Crenata
Growing Searsia lucida
Fast-growing, low maintenance shrub that does best in the full sun. Very well adapted to harsh coastal conditions and so can tolerate poor soil and salty conditions and can thrive inwindy and drought conditions. Suitable for water-wise gardening and can also survive frost. Grow as a specimen shrub or
in a group. Dense green foliage provides a good backdrop for flowering species or grey-foliaged plants.
Evergreen and fast growing, it can be used for informal hedging and screening. Makes an excellent coastal hedge or screen and will provide shade and shelter for slower, softer plant species.
Attracts berry- and fruit-eating birds to a garden. Because Searsia lucida is so hardy it does not require any special attention once it is established.
Searsia lucida can be propagated easily from seed or semi-hardwood cuttings
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