Cassinopsis ilicifolia

A scrambling shrub with glossy green foliage.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 3m x 4m
MAXIMUM SIZE (H) x (W): 4m x 4m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

This shrub has beautiful glossy dark-green foliage and bears oval bright orange fruit.   The flowers are very small and creamy-green or yellow.

It can be used as a screening plant which also serves as a barrier with its thorns.  It thrives with at least 4 hours of direct sunshine as it tends to have a scraggy growth in low-light conditions.  Seasonal pruning will encourage more dense foliage.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Fruit-eating birds enjoy the bright orange fruits.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Margins of evergreen forest and along stream banks.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance. Cassinopsis is a forest plant that likes its feet in lots of leaf mould and compost.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately in summer until well established.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, forest, formal, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
Use it to form a natural barrier since it is fairly spiny
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