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Milkwood tree

Sideroxylon inerme

Sideroxylon inerme has a sturdy trunk and a large, dense, rounded crown. The flowers have a strong, unpleasant smell. The shiny fruits are almost black and are eaten by birds. People with homes situated where fires frequently occur, may consider planting a row of milkwoods, as this tree makes an excellent firebreak. Sideroxylon inerme is a protected tree in South Africa, meaning that no milkwood may be damaged, moved or felled!

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest fruit for seed collection during summer.

Propagation

Seed
Removed seeds from the fruit's flesh; sow seeds in sandy loam mix in trays, keep in warm area well misted, germination takes 4-6 weeks; sow seed in summer.
Cuttings
Use only semi-matured side shoots for cuttings, root with bottom heat and misting, rooting takes 6-8 weeks, harden off for 2 weeks before planting out.

Special features

Attracts birds
Birds feed on the fruit in summer.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa coastal regions

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Bark and roots have medicinal value, used to cure broken bones, to treat fevers, to dispel bad dreams, and to treat gall sickness in stock.

Personality

Family
Sapotaceae
Flower colour
Greenish white
Scent
Strong

Problems

Generally problem free

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