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Cassinopsis ilicifolia

Family: Icacinaceae (White-pear family family)

Common names: Lemon Thorn (E); iHlazane (Z); Lemoentjiedoring (A); iCegceya (X);

Native to: Southern Africa
Shrub, Tree
A scrambling shrub with glossy green foliage.

Cassinopsis ilicifolia

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

SEMI FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

MEDIUM GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

3m x 4m

MAXIMUM SIZE:

4m 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

Cassinopsis ilicifolia

DESCRIPTION

This shrub has beautiful glossy dark-green foliage and bears oval bright orange fruit.   The flowers are very small and creamy-green or yellow.

It can be used as a screening plant which also serves as a barrier with its thorns.  It thrives with at least 4 hours of direct sunshine as it tends to have a scraggy growth in low-light conditions.  Seasonal pruning will encourage more dense foliage.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Margins of evergreen forest and along stream banks.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Fruit-eating birds enjoy the bright orange fruits.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately in summer until well established.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance. Cassinopsis is a forest plant that likes its feet in lots of leaf mould and compost.
LANDSCAPING USES
Use it to form a natural barrier since it is fairly spiny
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Forest, Formal, Woodland
FOLIAGE
PESTS & DISEASES
Seldom attacked by pests.

2 Responses

  1. Hi Marthi

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    It sounds like your Cassinopsis hedge is well-established and transplanting it will be risky.

    If you do go ahead, try to dig as much of the root ball as possible to reduce the stress to the plant.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Good afternoon,
    I have a lovely hedge of Cassinopsis growing in my garden, approx 10 years old. The previous owner who planted it did not plan well as the hedge is about one and a half meters from the garden wall, small garden so that is a big area gone. I would like to move this beautiful hedge closer to the wall so as to release space. Now for the question, can they be transplanted? I would really like to keep them.
    Thank you,
    Marthi

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