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Searsia crenata

   (Family: Anacardiaceae)
   
Afrikaans: DuinekraaiIbessie English: Dune Crow-berry, Raisin bush Xhosa: Umhlokotshane  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Tree No.: 380
Height: 3m
Spread: 3m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Loam (gritty, moist, and retains water easily)
Biome: Fynbos
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
 
Cream
 
White
 
  Flower info
  The small creamy white clusters flowers are produced in autumn.
 
 
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf texture Smooth
Bark / Stem type
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  The leaflets are obovate, dark to bright green when mature, reddish sometimes with yellow and shiny when young. The terminal leaflet is slightly larger than the lateral ones; the midrib reddish brown. The margins are scalloped along the upper third of the leaflet, with the edges rolled under and the base tapering.
 
 
Fruit type EDIT
Fruit colour
Purple
 
  Seed info EDIT
  Clusters of purpley-red berries, ripening to a dark blue in mid-winter. Only female plants produce these fruits and a male plant must also be present as unfertilized female flowers do not end up producing fruit. The fruits are thinly fleshy and spherical.
 
 
Description EDIT
Formerly known as Rhus crenata.
A multibranched evergreen shrub or small tree, reaching a height of 3 metres and a similar spread.
Dense, rounded habit with tiny creamy white clusters of flowers.
Growing EDIT
Quick growing, semi frost hardy.
Waterwise once established.
Wind and drought resistant.
Distribution EDIT
Native to the Cape of South Africa.
Its habitat is the southern and eastern coasts of South Africa.
History EDIT
Uses EDIT
Does well along the coast.
The tree is a good subject for bonsai.
Can easily be pruned into a very neat hedge.
Foliage is popular in the cut-flower industry.
Excellent for dune stabilization and 1st phase revegetation.
Ecology EDIT
Fruit is eaten by birds.
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