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Mickey Mouse Bush

Ochna serrulata

Also known as

Small-Leaved Plane, Carnival Bush, Carnival Ochna, Birds Eye Bush, Fynblaarrooihout (Afr.), Ilitye (Xhosa), Umbomvane (Zulu), Mickey mouse plant, Bird's eye bush

Starr 080313-3393 Ochna serrulata by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Frequent watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Mickey 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. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape.

Common problems with Mickey Mouse Bush

Relative pest and disease free.

How to harvest Mickey Mouse Bush

Harvest seed when mature and sow immediately!

How to propagate Mickey 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 Mickey Mouse Bush

Attracts birds

Fruits and flowers attract birds

Hedge plant

Informal green hedging.

Attracts butterflies

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Wind break

Attracts bees

Other uses of Mickey Mouse Bush

Grown for their flowers and fruits.


Zulu people use the roots to treat children suffering from bone diseases.


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