Curtisia dentata

An attractive evergreen tree with toothed dark green foliage.
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 6m 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

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:
Forests

GARDEN THEMES:
Forest

LANDSCAPING USES:
A wonderful tree to create a forest.

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