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Bush cherry

Maerua cafra

White-wood (Eng.), Witbos (Afr.)

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Maerua cafra is an evergreen, large shrub or small tree which is widely distributed along the eastern side of South Africa (from Humansdorp in the south) to parts of Gauteng and the Northern Province. It grows up to a height of 2-9m, depending on the local conditions. The light-coloured trunk accounts for the name "white-wood" or "witbos" in Afrikaans. This tree is not commonly used in landscape designs as it not often available in commercial nurseries.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

N/A

Propagation

Seed
Propagated from fresh, mature seeds. The germination rate is often very high, but growth is reputed to be slow with reports that plants can take 3-7 years to reach 1m!

Special features

Attracts birds
Birds are attracted to the sweet smelling fruit.

Geography

Origin
Africa and Asia
Natural climate
Temperate to Hot Interior

Environment

Light
Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Capparaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally not affected by many pests or diseases

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