Micky Mouse Bush
Also known as
Birds Eye Bush, Small-Leaved Plane, Carnival Ochna, Mickey Mouse Plant, Carnival Bush
Starr 080313-3393 Ochna serrulata by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
This plant has no fragrance
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Micky Mouse Bush Overview
A very pretty ornamental shrub that attracts the eye in the garden with its bright red sepals and black fruit which resembles the face of Mickey Mouse. Produces very dense green foliage and abundances of fragrant yellow flowers with red sepals and black or green fruit that attract birds and bees.
Common problems with Micky Mouse Bush
Relative pest and disease free.
How to harvest Micky Mouse Bush
Harvest seed when mature and sow immediately!
How to propagate Micky Mouse Bush
Birds eat small fruits and distribute seeds. Sow fresh blackmature seeds as soon as possible! They should germinate in about 6 weeks if you can harvest before the birds ate all!
Semi-hardwood cuttings can be made in Summer. Use a rooting hormone powder and keep moist. Roots should grow in 4-6 weeks.
Special features of Micky Mouse Bush
Fruits and flowers attract birds
Informal green hedging.
Other uses of Micky Mouse Bush
Grown for their flowers and fruits.
Zulu people use the roots to treat children suffering from bone diseases.