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
An attractive and well-shaped evergreen tree with a smooth, grey or cinnamon-coloured bark in young trees that becomes rough, dark brown to black and deeply square-fissured with age. The coursely-toothed leaves have a glossy-green upper surface with a hairy under surface. Very young growth is velvety to the touch and bronze-gold in colour.
The unscented flowers are inconspicuous, small, cream-coloured and velvety and appear in much-branched sprays at the ends of twigs in spring-summer.
The fruit is a small, rounded to oval, fleshy berry, about 10 mm in diameter. They are white, tinged with pink, sometimes becoming red. The fruits contain a four-chambered nut, one seed per chamber. They remain on the tree for a long time and can be very decorative.ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
The bitter fruit is eaten by birds, bats, monkeys, baboons and wild pigs.
NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
A wonderful tree to create a forest.