A picture of a Puzzle Bush

Puzzle Bush

Ehretia rigida

Also known as

Deurmekaarbos (Afr.), Umhlele (Zulu), Ibotshane (Xhosa), Morobe (Northern Sotho), Mutepe (Venda)



USDA zone


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Puzzle Bush

Fruits of Ehretia rigida. Image Geoff Nichols
Ehretia rigida bush in garden

Puzzle Bush Overview

Ehretia rigida is a deciduous small tree or shrub, usually multi-stemmed, with an untidy rounded crown. It has tangled branches which arch downwards or droop. This rather haphazard look gives it its common names, puzzle bush and deurmekaarbos. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape.

Special features of Puzzle Bush

Attracts birds

Attracts butterflies

Drought resistant

Attractive flowers

Wind break

Hedge plant

Other uses of Puzzle Bush