Berries can be picked when they are ripe in late summer.
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The woodland waterberry makes a beautiful shade tree. In nature it usually occurs in lowland forests, in areas close to swamps and sometimes along river banks. It is a medium to large sized evergreen tree with a smooth greyish-white single stem on young trees and beautiful purplish-red young leaves, that turn a glossy, yellow green as they mature.
Common problems with Waterpear
Generally trouble free.
Waterpear Companion Plants
Under-plant with water loving plants or as solitary specimen.
How to propagate Waterpear
It is best to sow seeds in autumn after collection, sow in a well-drained, but moist growing medium, seeds germinate easily. It is important to keep them moist.
Special features of Waterpear
Birds eat the fruit when it is ripe and spread the seeds in their droppings.
Naturally grows in swampy areas.
Other uses of Waterpear
An infusion of the roots is used in African medicine to bathe a patient if an illness has become serious.
The fruit is edible.