Euclea natalensis is a very variable, evergreen plant, ranging from a small shrub up to a moderately large tree with a spreading crown and a bole 20cm or more. Euclea natalensis is a hardy, evergreen, very attractive shrub or small to medium sized tree (depending on where in grow. The custom of cleaning teeth and the gums with a chewed root of the tree Euclea natalensis, in the belief that it benefits oral health, is practised in South Africa.

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ShrubPlant Type: SmallGrowth Rate: Place in a warm position out of direct sun and keep moist. Trees of Southern Africa. The flowers are small, bell-shaped, cream to yellow and are carried in many-flowered, branched sprays in the axils of the leaves. In arid scrub it is stunted, often less than a natalennsis tall, while in forest or under favourable conditions it can form a handsome tree m tall with spreading branches.

Water generously during its first years to allow it to establish itself. Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban.

Clean off the fleshy layer, sow in spring or summer in a well-drained seedling mix. Coastal ScrubHabitat: The fruits are edible, and are eaten by birds, monkeys and people. The trees growing in Kirstenbosch do not set fruit as abundantly as trees in habitat, perhaps because the male and female specimens are planted too far apart from each other. Login to add your Comment Not registered yet?


Euclea natalensis twigs are used for toothbrushes. It is suited to many different types of gardens, including windy coastal gardens, well-watered subtropical gardens as well as bushveld and woodland gardens.

Google QR Code Generator. Euclea natalensis eyclea divided into six subspecies: It attracts birds and insects to the garden.

Click here to register. Euclea natalensis is a hardy, evergreen, very attractive shrub or small to medium sized tree depending on where in grows.

MedicinalGarden Uses: The margins are thickened and often wavy. The genus name Euclea means of good report, or famous, from the Greek eucleia, glory which is derived from eu- good, and kleos report, perhaps referring to the good quality ebony-type wood of some species.

Toothbrushing with the root of Euclea natalensis.

Natalensix of Cape Town, Cape Town. The genus belongs in the Ebenaceae, the Ebony Ehclea, which contains only two genera; Diospyros and Euclea. Along rivers and streamsHabitat: Branchlets are covered in fine rusty hairs, becoming smooth with age.

The fruits are rounded, fleshy berries, mm in diameter, borne on hairy stalks. Euclea is a small African genus of about 20 species, with 16 species in southern Africa. HedgeGarden Uses: Seed plants of southern Africa: Description Euclea natalensis is a hardy, evergreen, very attractive naralensis or small to medium sized tree depending on where in grows.

They are edible and attract birds. The male flowers contain usually 16 stamens and a minute rudimentary ovary with 2 styles.

Slow GrowingEvergreen or Deciduous: The flowers are worked by bees. The trees flower in winter-spring June-October and fruit during summer August-Marchripening in autumn.

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Natal guarri, Natal ebony, large-leaved guarri Eng. The bark is dark grey, thin and finely cracked.

Leave this field blank. It is found growing under many different conditions in a wide variety of habitats, from arid rocky scrub to dune bush, open grassveld, woodland, forest, forest margin, riverine fringes, bushveld and in swamps, from sea level to m. The leaves are hard and leathery, dark green and shiny above and paler underneath. Euclea natalensis is not threatened.

Associated with Termite MoundsHabitat: Roots are pounded and boiled and used to make a black dye. Shrub, Tree SA Distribution: The trunk is usually straight.

They are smooth or bristly, yellow, orange, red and black, in dense, conspicuous clusters. Rocky OutcropsDrought Hardiness: Euclea natalensis is dioecious with male and female flowers borne on separate trees.

Anthony Hitchcock for advice on propagation. The strongly scented small, creamy white flowers are borne from August to March and are followed by round red to black fruit from March natalnsis December. Transplant into individual pots after the first pair of true leaves has developed. It has many traditional, medicinal and magical uses. Subscribe Subscribe To Our Newsletter.