isiXhosa: umTenatane

Afrikaans: Swartbas



Diospyros whyteana

Scientific name

Diospyros whyteana (also known as the blackbark, bladdernut, swartbas, wild coffee or umTenatane) is a small African tree of the ebony family. Bearing dark green, strikingly glossy leaves and creamy fragrant flowers, it is increasingly cultivated in Southern African gardens as an attractive and strong ornamental tree. It can attain a height of up to 6 m.

References and further reading

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Nursery Quantity
Mother Nursery 2
Total 2

Important characteristics

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

This is a bird-friendly species

It provides medicinal value



It provides food for:


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