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Buffalo Thorn Tree

Ziziphus mucronata

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10m

Max

7m

2m

Min

2m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Buffalo Thorn Tree Overview

Small to medium size tree with spreading canopy. Thorns facing 'forward and back' and zigzag stems when young. It was used to face to the future and past in traditional Zulu and Sotho culture and a tree planted when a chief passed away as part of the burial ceremony. The wood proved to be strong timber for kraal posts. During Autumn the leaves turn yellow, adding color to the scene.

Common problems with Buffalo Thorn Tree

Insects and other wild gazers love the leaves!

    How to harvest Buffalo Thorn Tree

    Roots and bark are used medicinal and harvested as needed. Seed stay on the tree for long times and can be picked during winter.

    How to propagate Buffalo Thorn Tree

    Seed

    Fresh seed works best- remove the hard outer layer with a nut cracker and soak in warm water for 2 days. Place in moist sand to allow germination. Usually seedlings will start to grow in 2 weeks!

    Special features of Buffalo Thorn Tree

    Hedge plant

    Often plated to form dense hedging or kraal to keep cattle safe from wild animals.

    Attracts birds

    Attracts useful insects

    Autumn colour

    Yellow leaves.

    Other uses of Buffalo Thorn Tree

    Culinary

    culinary

    Timber

    Grazing

    Other uses

    Edible

    Medicinal

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