Wit Ysterhout (Afr.), Umozana
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The white ironwood is a lovely small tree or shrub which is guaranteed to bring birds and butterflies to your garden. It has light to dark silvery grey smooth bark and leathery apple green leaves. The tree produces tiny creamy flowers from December to March, and the fruit ripens from May to July bringing hoards of airborne wildlife to your garden. Look out for porcupines, however, who like to eat the bark and will eventually ring-bark and kill your tree. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape.
Harvest as needed.
Take 12cm cuttings from terminal ends of branchlets. Dip into hormone rooting powder and insert into potting soil. Keep moist.
A number of bird species have been noted to love the fruits, such as the Redwinged Starling and the Crested Barbet.
Attracts useful insects
Three different species of caterpillars of the Swallowtail butterfly family feed on this tree and the best known of the species is the Citrus Swallowtail butterfly, Papilio demodocus.
Is a good candidate for a container and can be trimmed into shapes.
Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
In traditional African medicine, the powdered roots are used to treat influenza and colic.
The wood is used to produce wheel spokes, handles, roof beams, furniture, ornaments and turnery.
Cream, Yellow, Green, White
Generally problem free.