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Ochna serrulata

Common names: Small-leaved Plane, Mickey Mouse Bush (E); umBovu (Z); Fynblaarrooihout (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Shrub, Tree

Ochna serrulata

DECIDUOUS

FULL SUN

SEMI FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

SLOW GROWER

MEDIUM GROWER

FRAGRANT

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

2.5m x 2m
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

Ochna serrulata

DESCRIPTION

An attractive shrub with attractive glossy green foliage. The spring foliage is a beautiful pinkish bronze. When in flower, it is highly decorative with fluffy yellow flowers which are sweetly scented. This display is followed by shiny black fruit suspended below bright red sepals.

WILDLIFE
LANDSCAPING USES
Suitable for an informal mixed border. It can also be used as a focal point in a small garden.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Country, Formal, Oriental, Rockery, Woodland
FOLIAGE
BARK

8 Responses

  1. Hi Erne

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    The lifespan of plants, just like humans, can vary quite dramatically according to the environmental conditions.

    Garden specimens are usually exposed to unnatural conditions such as:-
    – unnatural watering;
    – fertiliser applications; and
    – competitive environments with overcrowded conditions and often unsuitable companions that tend to compete for resources (light, food, water, etc).

    With all the ‘pampering’ that is supposed to boost plants, gardeners tend to unconsciously create stressful environments that can reduce the lifespan of plants or introduce stressful conditions.

    Without seeing your plants, it is difficult to diagnose the problem, so I would recommend you look closely at the conditions in your garden to determine how you can tweak your environment to help revive your trees. Alternatively, book a consultation with a local botanical guru for assistance.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. I have Ochna Natalita, Arborea and Serrulata species in my indigenous garden in Westville KZN. I have 3 x+- 2 m tall Ochna Serrulata shrubs/trees that have done very well. However, at present, when they should be producing their yellow flowers, they look extremely dry and likely to die, despite watering when I noticed this, which has not happened in previous years. I think they are about 18 years old.

    Is this typical…do they have a limited lifespan.? I have not been able to find the information about lifespan in Coates Palgrave Trees of SA or Pooley Trees of Eastern SA

    Would appreciate your comments. Thank you

  3. Hi Martin

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    As far as we’re aware, the fruit of Ochna is not harmful to dogs.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  4. Hi Ann

    You’ll probably need to venture into Johannesburg to get one as I don’t know of any indigenous nurseries close to you.

    Growwild Nursery in Kyalami or Random Harvest Nursery in Muldersdrift should be able to assist you.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  5. Hi I am in Witbank and am urgently looking for a Mickey mouse Bush. I have a friend here who grows one successfully in her garden. Where can I buy one

  6. Hi Hannetjie

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Ochna serrulata is available at most plant nurseries that stock indigenous plants in the Gauteng area. I’m not sure where you’re based? Let me know, and I can direct you accordingly.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

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