A picture of a Cork Bush

Cork Bush

Mundulea sericea

Also known as

Silver Bush, Rhodesian Silver-Leaf, Olifantshout, Kurkbos, Visgif, Visboontjie, Blou-Ertjieboom, Mangaanbos (Afr.), Umsindandlovu (Zulu), Umhlalantethe, Omukeka (Herero), !Gaeb (Nama/Damara), Mosetla-Thlou (Northern Sotho), Mukunda-Ndou (Venda)

Full Sun
Moderate care


USDA zone


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Cork Bush

Bark M. sericea
M. sericea pods
M. sericea kidney-shaped seeds

Cork Bush Overview

In a landscape characterised by grass and rock, all-year frost and drenching thunderstorms, Mundulea sericea stands out as the true star of the veld. In spring this silvery bush is covered in masses of purple flowers, attracting birds and insects. The leaves are soft and delicate, the flowers large, beautiful and pea-like. Throughout autumn, and often long into the winter months, silky silvery pods clad the many long and slender (virgate) branches of the tree. ZA Distribution: Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West.

Special features of Cork Bush

Attracts birds

Attracts butterflies

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Wind break

Hedge plant

Attracts bees

Other uses of Cork Bush

Other uses