Also known as
White Cape Beech, Cape Pittosporum
This plant has a strong fragrance
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Cheesewood is a wonderful shade tree with its non-aggressive root system that is suitable for small/town house gardens. It is evergreen and makes a perfect hedge plant reducing wind damage. They do well in large pots. Cheesewood is a protected tree in South Africa, and was selected as one of the Trees of the Year in 2002.
Common problems with Cheesewood
How to harvest Cheesewood
Not usually harvested.
How to propagate Cheesewood
Sow seeds in trays in a mixture of river sand and compost; cover lightly with compost and keep moist. Seeds should germinate in 8-12 weeks.
Propagated by means of softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings. This plant transplants easily.
Special features of Cheesewood
Yellow-green capsules attract the birds such as red-eyed dove.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees, butterflies and other insects.
Suitable to be planted nearby each other so branches can intertwine to create a barrier. Used to hide walls and create privacy. Planted in rows to reduce wind damage.
Makes a good container plant.
Other uses of Cheesewood
Infusions of the bitter stem bark (liquorice smell) is to treat stomach complaints, ease abdominal pain, fever and to calm the patient. Dried, powdered root/bark is added to beer as an aphrodisiac.