Diospyros lycioides subsp.guerkei

A small decidous tree with drooping branches.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 3m x 5m
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

A small, deciduous tree with a rounded crown of drooping branches.  The tree has a tendency to form multiple stems from the base which gives a more dense branch network.

Male and female flowers are borne on separate trees.  The pendulous cream-coloured flowers have upturned lobes and are borne in dense clusters.

The fruit is a rounded and fleshy red with minute hairs.  From a distance, they look like cherry tomatoes.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
The flowers are visited by numerous insects and the fruit attracts many bird species.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Bushveld

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Moderate water requirements.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, grassland, rockery

FRUIT:
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