This plant has no fragrance
The crossberry is a small, hardy, attractive shrub to tree indigenous to Southern Africa. The common name stems from the 4-lobed fruit. Growing the crossberry in your garden will bring birds and butterflies into the garden. It has a non-aggressive root system enabling planting near to walls and paving.
Common problems with Crossberry
Generally problem free.
How to harvest Crossberry
Berries are harvested when ripe.
How to propagate Crossberry
Germination is erratic as the seed coat is strong.
Special features of Crossberry
Plants can withstand long dry periods
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and butterflies, larvae of the rufous-winged elfin butterfly (Eagris nottoana) and buff-tipped skipper (Netrobalane canopus) feed on the leaves.
Louries, mousebirds, bulbuls and barbets are know to feast on the fruit.
Other uses of Crossberry
Parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine
Berries are edible, either fresh and raw, locals ferment the fruit with traditional beer, also used with goats milk to make berry yoghurt.