Coddia rudis


Water Needs

low; moderate

Coddia rudis
Shrub medium; Shrub large
Small Bone-apple

3 m


Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade


light; moderate


Pale yellow. Small; spring summer

Garden Situation

sun; afternoon sun; semi-shade; dry shade; light shade; container; wildlife bees butterflies insects birds; shrubbery; rockery


woodland forest; rocky places; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn; bushveld; grassland; urban streets


thicket; subtropical east coast; highveld; bushveld savanna

Rain Season


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Coddia makes the most delightful focal point at the back of a lightly shaded bed, or as a stand-alone shrub. Growth form is unusual, and attracts attention; multiple stiff, arching branches grow initially upwards and outwards before curving back down again. Leaves are tiny, mid- to dark green, with slightly wavy margins. They grow in clusters along the stem. From August to March, pale yellow funnel-shaped flowers grow from leaf axils. They're small (10 - 15 mm) with lobes shorter than the tube and tend to hang down, often not noticeable until you get up close. They fade to white with age. In full flower, it is a beauty. Brown fruits follow from January to June, small and round and eaten by birds. The pale grey bark shows up well in shady situations.

Coddia rudis
Coddia rudis