White Milkwood

Sideroxylon inerme

Milkwood Tree

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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!
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Harvest fruit for seed collection during summer.

Propagation

Seed

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.

Cuttings

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.

Special features

Attracts birds

Birds feed on the fruit in summer.

Hedge plant

Wind break

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa coastal regions

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Clay, Brack/Saline

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

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.

Personality

Family

Sapotaceae

Flower colour

Green, Cream

Scent

Strong

Problems

Generally problem free

Credits

profile iconSideroxylon inerme
by Freddie, Bosman, Kirstenbosch, National, Botanical Garden, June 2006 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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