Euclea natalensis is a very variable, evergreen plant, ranging from a small shrub up to a moderately large tree with a spreading crown and a bole 20cm or more. Euclea natalensis is a hardy, evergreen, very attractive shrub or small to medium sized tree (depending on where in grow. The custom of cleaning teeth and the gums with a chewed root of the tree Euclea natalensis, in the belief that it benefits oral health, is practised in South Africa.

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Google QR Code Generator. Euclea natalensis is a hardy, evergreen, very attractive shrub or small to medium sized tree depending on where in grows. The margins are thickened and often wavy. Slow GrowingEvergreen or Deciduous: Roots are pounded and boiled and used to make a black dye. The bark is dark grey, thin and finely cracked. Leave this field blank. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria. Transplant into individual pots after the first pair of true leaves has developed.

Euclea natalensis twigs are used for toothbrushes. Seed plants of southern Africa: The veins are prominent, eucoea on the upper surface. Euclea natalensis is a shrub or small bushy tree, m tall, with a dense, spreading crown, or under warm and well-watered conditions, a medium-sized tree m tall with spreading branches.

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The leaves are hard and leathery, dark green and shiny above and paler underneath.

Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Euclea natalensis subsp. acutifolia

Place in a warm position out of direct sun and keep moist. It has many traditional, medicinal and magical uses.

It has a spread of m. Anthony Hitchcock for advice on propagation. With its dense crown it makes a good screening plant and can be planted singly as a beautiful specimen tree. Euclea natalensis is dioecious with male and female flowers borne on separate trees.

The trees growing in Kirstenbosch do not set fruit as abundantly as trees in habitat, perhaps because the male and female specimens are planted too far apart from each other. The female flowers have no staminodes.

Take sturdy, semi-hardwood heel cuttings from the previous year’s growth. It is suited to many different types of gardens, including windy coastal gardens, well-watered subtropical gardens as well as bushveld and woodland gardens.

The flowers are small, bell-shaped, cream to yellow and are carried in many-flowered, branched sprays in the axils of the leaves.

Euclea natalensis is divided into six subspecies: This species is wind tolerant, and drought tolerant when established.

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The genus belongs in the Ebenaceae, the Ebony Family, which contains only two genera; Diospyros and Euclea. The leaves are variable in size, shape and hairiness, most often oval to oblong with pointed, bluntly pointed or rounded tips. Sandy, Loam Flowering season: Click here to register.


The natalensia name Euclea means of good report, or famous, from the Greek eucleia, glory which is derived from eu- good, and kleos report, perhaps referring to the good quality ebony-type wood of some species. View other plants in this family QR code link View other plants in this genus.

Toothbrushing with the root of Euclea natalensis.

Subscribe Subscribe To Our Newsletter. Along rivers and streamsHabitat: The new growth in spring is very decorative with pale, gold-tinged, velvety hairy foliage emerging out of the dark green crown. The wood is heavy, hard and strong, but is not much used and is avoided as firewood in KwaZulu-Natal. Natal Flora Euuclea Trust, Durban.

ShrubPlant Type: EvergreenFrost Hardiness: The flowers are worked by bees. Flora of tropical East Africa.

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