Ziziphus mucronata

A hardy, deciduous, small to medium sized tree with both hook and straight thorns.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 4m x 3m
MAXIMUM SIZE (H) x (W): 10m 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 hardy, deciduous, small to medium sized tree with both hook and straight thorns. The glossy leaves turn a beautiful, golden yellow in autumn. It has attractive, small, yellowish flowers and hard round reddish-brown berries with a sweet, powdery pulp.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
It is a host plant to several species of butterfly and 23 species of moth.
The tree is visited by several bird species who relish the fruit and hunt for insects on it.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Bushveld

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, forest, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
Makes an excellent garden subject with a good shape planted in sun or semi-shade. It also serves as a good security plant to use on a property boundary as the thorns are vicious.

FOLIAGE:
BARK:
FRUIT:
SPINES:
BUTTERFLY LARVAL HOST:
Tarucus sybaris (Dotted Blue)
Tuxentius calice (White Pie)
Tuxentius hesperis (Western Pie)
Tuxentius melaena (Black Pie)
Zintha hintza (Hinza Blue)

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