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Mountain hard pear

Olinia emarginata

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The Mountain hard pear is a small to medium-sized, single- or multi-stemmed evergreen tree, with attractive flowers and berries, which makes for an attractive garden ornamental. It is however very difficult to propagate.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Layering
Air layering is the best way to propagate this species.
Seed
Seed can be sown in a 1:1 mixture of river sand and compost. Germination is erratic and can take up to nine months. Do not allow the mixture to dry out at any stage.

Special features

Attracts birds
The berries attract birds to the garden.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Kwa-Zulu Natal, the Drakensberg, Gauteng
Natural climate
Sub-tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
Roots
Notes
Bonsai

Personality

Family
Oliniaceae
Flower colour
Pale to Dark Pink
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally problem free.

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