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Noltea africana

Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn family)

Common names: Soap Dogwood (E); umaluleka (Z); Seepbos (A); umglindi (X);

Shrub, Tree
A decorative shrub or small tree with glossy dark green foliage.

Noltea africana

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

SHADE

FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

FRAGRANT

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

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

Noltea africana

DESCRIPTION

A shrub or small tree that tends to be multi-stemmed from the base with a brown bark.  The branchlets are purplish-red and the leaf stalks have a reddish colour. The leaves have a finely toothed margin and are leathery, glossy dark green above and paler beneath.

It bears hanging clusters of very small fragrant flowers from mid-winter to spring.  The fruits are very small brown woody capsules that open to release black seeds in early summer.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Forest margins and stream banks.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Attracts insects.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance. Prune only when necessary.
LANDSCAPING USES
A lovely screening plant for a forest garden.
GARDEN THEMES
Forest, Tropical
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE
FRUIT

2 Responses

  1. Hi Jacques

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    We’ve seen a few specimens displaying signs of an aggressive root system where they were lifting paving in the surrounding area.

    The recommend planting distance from any structure for Noltea africana is 3m.

    It may still work for your situation, but you may also want to consider other alternatives such as:
    – Cassinopsis ilicifolia (Lemon thorn)
    – Trichocladus ellipticus (Witch-hazel)

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Good Day

    Does this plant have an aggressive root structure ? I would like to use it as a screening shrub on my boundary wall. It will also be about 2m from the pool.

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