White Gardenia, Forest Gardenia
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A beautiful flowering small tree or shrub with white heavily perfumed flowers flowering throughout summer followed by decorative fruits. It attracts many insects. The fruit remain on the tree and seeds are dispersed by large browsers in nature like Elephants and buffalo. The roots are used in traditional medicine to treat skin diseases and for fever.
Cuttings are best taken in summer during the growing season. Harvest roots as needed.
It is difficult to get the seeds from the hard fruit, but use a blunt tool to expose individual seeds. Wash and sow seeds in Spring or Autumn in well-draining sandy mix. Germination time 1-6months.
Take semi-hardwood cuttings and dip in rooting hormone powder.
Attracts useful insects
Wonderful scent, especcially at evenings, attracts butterflies and moths.
Make a thick screen that can be closely planted to form a hedge.
South Africa, along the Eastern Coast from Grahastown to Kosi bay.
Evergreen coastal forests, woodland and bushveld
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
The roots are used in traditional medicine throughout Africa to treat skin diseases and treat fever.
Decorative flowering garden plant. Roots are used to treat skin diseases and for fever.
Few pests and diseases.