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Maytenus acuminata

   (Family: Celastraceae)
Afrikaans: sybas English: silky bark  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Tree
Height: 1.5 - 15m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred altitude: 0 - 1500m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily),
Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water)
pH: acid
Biome: Fynbos
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
Flower shape
  Flower info
  Insignificant, small flowers are produced in the axils of the leaves in summer and are small, cream-coloured, yellow-green or reddish
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf arrangement
Leaf texture Smooth
Bark / Stem type
  Leaf info EDIT
Fruit type EDIT
Fruit colour
Sow seeds in Autumn
  Seed info EDIT
  The fruit is a small, 1-3-lobed capsule and when produced in great numbers gives the tree an attractive orange hue. The capsules split open to reveal a small seed surrounded by a fatty orange aril. This aril is popular with birds, which aid distribution of the seed.
Description EDIT
Growing EDIT
This species can also be propagated from cuttings. Take cuttings in spring or early summer.
Distribution EDIT
History EDIT
Ecology EDIT
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