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African Dogwood

Rhamnus prinoides

Also known as

Shiny-Leaf Buckthorn

Rhamnus prinoides, loof, Walter Sisulu NBT by JMK (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of African Dogwood
Shiny leaves and berries
Rhamnus prinoides
Rhamnus prinoides

African Dogwood Overview

The African dogwood is a very attractive dense shrub or a small tree. It has glossy green foliage and colourful fruits, which at various stages are green, yellow, red and purple or all at the same time. It is fit for small gardens and hedges, especially in cold areas. It grows naturally at medium to high altitudes, near streams or along forest margins. This tree is no relation of the American and Asian dogwoods (Cornus spp.).

Common problems with African Dogwood

Generally problem free

    How to harvest African Dogwood

    When cut and placed in water, the foliage keeps fresh for a long time.

    How to propagate African Dogwood


    Sow seeds in spring in a sandy, compost mix, cover seeds lightly with the mix and keep moist.

    Special features of African Dogwood

    Attracts birds

    Many bird species feed on the fruit.

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts bees

    Hedge plant

    The dense foliage makes this a good hedge specimen.

    Pot plant

    Wind break

    Attracts bees

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