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South African National
List of Trees No.
common name from the general resemblance to the European Ash,
medium- to large-sized evergreen or semi-deciduous tree, with a
cylindrical trunk and a large bushy crown.
Height: 7 -
10m, occasionally up to 25m.
whitish-grey and smooth when young, dark grey, fissured and
scaly when older.
pinnate, spirally arranged, glossy green, sometimes with a
pinkish patch or edge.
small, white, sweet-scented. Sept. - Nov.
pale yellow to
pinkish-brown, light, soft and even-grained.
medium-sized round berries, yellowish to bright red. Dec. - Apr.
occasionally used for furniture. The bark has been used for
tanning, the roots to treat headaches and coughs, and the leaves
as a remedy for intestinal worms.
primarily been sourced, and occasional phrases directly quoted, from:
Breitenbach, Dr. F 1974, Southern Cape Forests and Trees,
The Government Printer, Pretoria.
Meg 2002, Keith Coates Palgrave Trees of Southern Africa,
Other information sources are listed on the References page.