isiXhosa: Ximafana

Afrikaans: wit-melkhout

White Milkwood

White Milkwood

Sideroxylon inerme

Scientific name

Coastal - exposed conditions with alkaline sands (Strandveld); . Size: Medium. A great fire break.

Propagation instructions

By seed

Results have shown that seed sowing is the best method of propagation. Collect the fruits and remove the flesh before sowing the seeds. Sow seed in a sandy, loam soil mix in a seed tray. Keep the tray moist in a warm place that will enhance better germination. Seeds should take 4 to 6 weeks to germinate. Sow seed in summer.

By cutting

These trees can be grown from cuttings but only semi-matured side shoots should be used. Cuttings however should be placed in a mist unit with bottom heating. Cuttings should root within 6 to 8 weeks and after rooting should be hardened off for two weeks. The cuttings should then be potted up in a well-drained soil mix.

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

Seedbank Quantity
Arundel Seedbank 36
Total 36

Important characteristics

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

It provides medicinal value

Good for coastal areas

Can be used as a hedge

It provides food for:


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