Also known as
Bastard Lemonwood, Lemon Bush, Lemoenbos (Afr.), Swart-Voelbessie, Baster-Lemoenhout, Umgono-Gono
Generally not harvested.
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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
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
Bulbuls, robins and barbets are some of the bird species that feed on the berries.
It can be successfully grown in containers on balconies and patios.
Other uses of Black Bird-Berry
Medicinally P. capensis is used for gastric complaints and root infusions are taken to cause vomiting.
The wood is hard and fine-grained making a good general purpose timber.