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A picture of a Black Bird-Berry

Black Bird-Berry

Psychotria capensis

Also known as

Bastard Lemonwood, Lemon Bush, Lemoenbos (Afr.), Swart-Voelbessie, Baster-Lemoenhout, Umgono-Gono

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

8m

Max

4m

3m

Min

2m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Generally not harvested.

More images of Black Bird-Berry

Shiny leaves and yellow flowers
Bush with berries

Black Bird-Berry Overview

This very decorative shrub is a must for all frost-free gardens. Not only is it a year-round attraction, either in fruit or flower most the time, it is also easy to grow. Growing equally well in sun or shade, it is perfect for those difficult, summer-shade winter-sun spots under large trees. Plant in groups or repeat plants throughout the bed. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.

Common problems with Black Bird-Berry

Generally problem free.

    How to propagate Black Bird-Berry

    Seed

    Quick and easy to grow from seed. Just remove the flesh from around the stone of ripe fruits and sow in spring.

    Special features of Black Bird-Berry

    Attracts birds

    Bulbuls, robins and barbets are some of the bird species that feed on the berries.

    Pot plant

    It can be successfully grown in containers on balconies and patios.

    Other uses of Black Bird-Berry

    Medicially

    Medicinally P. capensis is used for gastric complaints and root infusions are taken to cause vomiting.

    Timber

    The wood is hard and fine-grained making a good general purpose timber.

    Other uses

    Medicinal