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Assegai

Curtisia dentata

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20m

Max

5m

2m

Min

2m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Berries and bark can be harvested. Berries can be picked and are edible if bitter and bark can be harvested for its medicinal properties.

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Young leaves
Fruits
Toothed leaves
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Assegai Overview

Assegai is an evergreen tree that makes an interesting addition to any garden, with its bitter, but edible berries. The bark is used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments. This tree can make a bushy leaf hedge and is a good option for gardeners who want to attract birds to their garden or left to grow into a strong straight stem reaching for the skyes.

Common problems with Assegai

Turkey-tail bracket fungus attacks dead trunks and branches.

    How to propagate Assegai

    Seed

    Remove the fleshing covering of the berry and sow the nut when fresh, covered lightly and keep warm and moist. Germination takes 3-4 weeks.

    Cuttings

    Cuttings root readily, but cut stumps thicket freely and the roots give off suckers.

    Special features of Assegai

    Hedge plant

    When Assegai is planted in full sun it becomes bushy and makes an attractive, tall, leafy hedge or screen.

    Attracts birds

    This plant attracts a variety of birdlife to the garden.

    Drought resistant

    Although Assegai prefers to be well-watered, once established it will withstand moderate drought.

    Wind break

    Other uses of Assegai

    Medicinal

    The bark is traditionally used in ailments to treat diarrhoea and stomach upsets as well as blood purifier.

    Other uses

    Medicinal

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