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Sideroxylon inerme has a sturdy trunk and a large, dense, rounded crown. The flowers have a strong, unpleasant smell. The shiny fruits are almost black and are eaten by birds. People with homes situated where fires frequently occur, may consider planting a row of milkwoods, as this tree makes an excellent firebreak. Sideroxylon inerme is a protected tree in South Africa, meaning that no milkwood may be damaged, moved or felled!
Harvest fruit for seed collection during summer.
Removed seeds from the fruit's flesh; sow seeds in sandy loam mix in trays, keep in warm area well misted, germination takes 4-6 weeks; sow seed in summer.
Use only semi-matured side shoots for cuttings, root with bottom heat and misting, rooting takes 6-8 weeks, harden off for 2 weeks before planting out.
Birds feed on the fruit in summer.
Africa, South Africa coastal regions
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Sand, Clay, Brack/Saline
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Bark and roots have medicinal value, used to cure broken bones, to treat fevers, to dispel bad dreams, and to treat gall sickness in stock.
Generally problem free