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A picture of a Rock False Candlewood

Rock False Candlewood

Maytenus oleoides

Also known as

Mountain Maytenus

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size







  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Rock False Candlewood

Maytenus oleoides has thick corky bark
Maytenus oleoides in flower
Maytenus oleoides fruit and seed
Maytenus oleoides growing on the slopes of Table Mountain
Maytenus oleoides growing in Kirstenbosch NBG

Rock False Candlewood Overview

Handsome, small stocky tree with a deep green, dense, rounded crown and stout trunk, with the proportions of a larger tree, but only reaching a height of 4 to 6 m. This makes it a good choice for today's smaller gardens. The bark is pale greyish brown to ashy grey, smooth when young, becoming rough and corky with vertical grooves as it matures. The light grey bark contrasts with the dark green crown.

Common problems with Rock False Candlewood

Generally problem free.

    Rock False Candlewood Companion Plants

    Erepsia lacera, Cliffortia ruscifolia, Crassula albiflora, Crassula nudicaulis and Aloe perfoliata.

    How to harvest Rock False Candlewood

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Rock False Candlewood


    Sow seed when fresh in summer.

    Special features of Rock False Candlewood

    Attracts birds

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant

    Other uses of Rock False Candlewood