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Acokanthera oblongifolia

English: Dune Poison-bush; Afrikaans: Duinegifboom

Acokanthera oblongifolia - An evergreen shrub or small tree growing to a height of 7 metres, occasionally reaching 15 metres. Grows erect, developing a short stem with a small crown, usually roundish. During winter it assumes a pinkish-white colouring. The plants need at least a few hours a day of sunlight and tolerates full sunlight. Medium growing speed. Attractive and very fragrant flowers, white or slightly tinged with pink, in few-flowered axillary groups forming masses of flowers along the stems (Aug-Nov). Prominent fruit bearing - fruit ovoid to round about 2.5cm long, fleshy, purplish black (Sep-Apr). The plant attracts birds and insects. Resistant to mild frost. Very drought resistant but will flourish with summer water. Do not over-water - after watering it is always a good idea to let the soil dry out substantially for 2-5 days, before watering again. Makes a good container plant. Also makes a good focal/accent plant. Prefers sandy soil. Ideal for coastal gardens. Highly wind resistant. All parts of the plant are highly poisonous.

- Acokanthera oblongifolia

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