Diospyros whyteana

FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 5m 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

Large, hardy, very decorative, evergreen shrub or small tree with glossy, dark green leaves and bell-shaped white flowers. The glossy, dark foliage is outlined in fine blond hairs. The fruits are red when ripe, enclosed by bladder-like structures. As with all Diospyros spp. sexes are on separate plants, therefore only female plants bear fruit.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
The bladder nut attracts several fruit-eating birds like pigeons and louries.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately throughout the year.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, forest, grassland, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
Attracts birds to the garden. It is an attractive garden subject and can be used for hedging. Grows in sun or semi-shade. It also makes an excellent bonsai, container plant and small tree when pruned up.
FLOWERS:
FOLIAGE:
FRUIT:
The distinctive fruit is a black fleshy berry encased in a papery, inflated, bladder-like capsule. The young capsules are light green and mature to reddish brown as they dry. The fruit can be found on the tree for most months of the year.
SEED:
The seeds resemble small coffee beans. The ovoid seeds have a slight indentation running along the length of the seed.
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