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A picture of a Cape Ash

Cape Ash

Ekebergia capensis

Also known as


Full Sun
Easy care


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A photo of Cape Ash
A photo of Cape Ash
Geoff Nichols

Cape Ash Overview

The ape ash is a large attractive evergreen tree that has been used as a street tree in many towns and cities of South Africa, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is also a good ornamental garden tree and its fruits are enjoyed by birds and mammals. The small sweetly scented flowers are white, occasionally also with a pink tinge. They appear in loose sprays, in the summer months (September to November). A fleshy fruit containing four seeds appears green and then turns bright red as it ripens in autumn. The Cape ash tree grows well when it is given lots of water, but can tolerate light drought conditions and very light frost, it is sensitive to heavy frost. This tree is often confused with the wild plum (Harpephyllum caffrum). However, the leaves of wild plum are stiff and not drooping, they are also sickle-shaped.

Special features of Cape Ash

Attracts birds

Attracts butterflies

Drought resistant

Attracts bees

Other uses of Cape Ash

Other uses