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Acokanthera oppositifolia

English: Bushman's Poison; Afrikaans: Boesmansgif

Acokanthera oppositifolia - A medium to large (2-5m in height) woody, evergreen to semi-decidious shrub with attractive hard, dark green leaves, often red/bronze/purple tinted. Bark brown and deeply fissured when old. Occurs in from rocky places, coastal bush, rivirine thicket and forest to open woodland, often on termite mounds. Medium-speed growing. All parts of the plant are extemely poisonous. It produces a white latex which was used by the Bushmen as arrow head poison. Produces showy clusters of white to pinkish white, sweetly scented flowers (Apr-Dec). Prominent 10-20mm long, fleshy, ovoid red/purplish black/plum coloured berry-like fruits follow, 1- or 2-seeded (Sep-Feb). Attracts birds, bees & butterflies. An excellent shade plant, but will do well in full sun as well. Typically conical-shaped, but easily formed into required shape by pruning. Does well as a container plant. Used as a landscaping plant. Tolerates most soils. Wind resistant. Ideal for coastal gardens. Drought and frost tolerant. Excellent focal/accent plant. Feed and water regularly during the growing season.

- Acokanthera oppositifolia.

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