Wildegranaat (Afr.), Mahlosana
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Beautiful evergreen shrub to small tree with bright orange to red flowers in clusters. The flowers are rich in nectar and attrack birds and insects to the garden. It is part of the coffee tree family, Rubiaceae. The glossy green leaves with grey underneath makes a neat addition to smaller gardens. It grows naturally in sandy areas in forests, but thrive in gardens in full sun too. It was named after W.J. Burcell an explorer visiting South Africa in the 1800's ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape.
Pick seeds as soon as mature and sow fresh.
Grows easily from fresh seed collected in Spring after flowering. Sow in well-draining medium. It should germinate in 4-6weeks.
Easily propagated from cuttings too; keep moist until rooted.
Nectar-loving birds visit when in flower!
Attracts useful insects
Bees are butterflies are attracted tot he flowers.
Use a big pot that drains well.
Make a thick green covering to form informal hedge.
Africa, Coastline from South western Cape to Swaziland.
Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
This is a neat and attractive ornamental subject for most gardens. With the flowers containing sweet nectar, it is also good for attracting birds to the garden. When the tree is in full bloom, it bears a superficial resemblance to the true pomegranate, hence the common name, wild pomegranate.