Scientific nameA shrub that can reach 1 to 2 meters in height. It has glossy leaves, pink flowers and blue to purple berries.
Propagation is best from seed. Plant the seedlings into pots to grow on until well established, before planting out into the garden. A regular, light pruning of the tips will encourage a bushy growth.
Before planting, beds should be well prepared with compost and should be mulched after planting.
In the winter rainfall areas of the Cape, plants should be planted in the winter to give the young plants the time to establish before the dry summer months.
Myrsine africana is slow growing, but long-lived and certainly worth the patience to give it a place in the garden.
Cuttings are slow and difficult to root.
This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.
We are in need of this species! Can you help? Maybe you have this species at home, or perhaps you can collect seeds or cuttings (if applicable) from friends or from a public space. If so, why don't you help establish this species in areas where it is much needed!
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
This is a bird-friendly species
It provides medicinal value
It can be used as a construction material
Can be used as a hedge
Suitable for clay soil
Suitable for sandy soil
Myrsine africana is indigenous to: Peninsula Shale Renosterveld