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A picture of a Mountain Maytenus

Mountain Maytenus

Maytenus oleoides

Also known as

Rock False Candlewood, Klipkershout (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size







  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Mountain Maytenus

Maytenus oleoides has thick corky bark
Maytenus oleoides in flower
Maytenus oleoides fruit and seed
Maytenus oleoides growing on the slopes of Table Mountain
Maytenus oleoides growing in Kirstenbosch NBG

Mountain Maytenus Overview

Handsome, small stocky tree with a deep green, dense, rounded crown and stout trunk, with the proportions of a larger tree, but only reaching a height of 4 to 6 m. This makes it a good choice for today's smaller gardens. The bark is pale greyish brown to ashy grey, smooth when young, becoming rough and corky with vertical grooves as it matures. The light grey bark contrasts with the dark green crown. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape.

Common problems with Mountain Maytenus

Generally problem free.

    Mountain Maytenus Companion Plants

    Erepsia lacera, Cliffortia ruscifolia, Crassula albiflora, Crassula nudicaulis and Aloe perfoliata.

    How to harvest Mountain Maytenus

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Mountain Maytenus


    Sow seed when fresh in summer.

    Special features of Mountain Maytenus

    Attracts birds

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant

    Other uses of Mountain Maytenus