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Wild Pomegranate

Burchellia bubalina

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Burchellia bubalina

Wild Pomegranate Overview

Beautiful evergreen shrub to small tree with bright orange to red flowers in clusters. The flowers are rich in nectar and attrack birds and insects to the garden. It is part of the coffee tree family, Rubiaceae. The glossy green leaves with grey underneath makes a neat addition to smaller gardens. It grows naturally in sandy areas in forests, but thrive in gardens in full sun too. It was named after W.J. Burcell an explorer visiting South Africa in the 1800's

Common problems with Wild Pomegranate

Problem free

    Wild Pomegranate Companion Plants

    Plant with other plants that require similar water and sun needs, like the tree fuchsia.

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    Tree Fuchsia

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    How to harvest Wild Pomegranate

    Pick seeds as soon as mature and sow fresh.

    How to propagate Wild Pomegranate


    Grows easily from fresh seed collected in Spring after flowering. Sow in well-draining medium. It should germinate in 4-6weeks.


    Easily propagated from cuttings too; keep moist until rooted.

    Special features of Wild Pomegranate

    Attracts birds

    Nectar-loving birds visit when in flower!

    Attracts useful insects

    Bees are butterflies are attracted tot he flowers.

    Pot plant

    Use a big pot that drains well.

    Hedge plant

    Make a thick green covering to form informal hedge.

    Other uses of Wild Pomegranate


    This is a neat and attractive ornamental subject for most gardens. With the flowers containing sweet nectar, it is also good for attracting birds to the garden. When the tree is in full bloom, it bears a superficial resemblance to the true pomegranate, hence the common name, wild pomegranate.

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