Diospyros lycioides

Water Needs

low; moderate; drought-hardy

Diospyros lycioides
Shrub medium; Shrub large
Bloubos

2 - 5 x 2 - 4 m

Size

Light Conditions

sun

Frost

Hardy

Flowers

Creamy-yellow from August to December; winter spring summer

sun; screen; dry soils; sandy soils; rockery; wildlife birds butterflies butterfly host; small area trees

Garden Situation

Habitat

abitat: fynbos; grassland; hot dry; bushveld; coastal eastern cape

Region

thicket; highveld; karoo; succulent karoo; western cape

Rain Season

Summer; winter

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Description

A lovely, upright shrub that often grows into a small tree. Foliage is distinctly blue-green, hence the common name, with flushes of red in a cold, dry autumn. Small creamy bell-shaped flowers grow along the length of branches from August to December and impart a soft, sweet fragrance. The large round fruits are yellow ripening to red from January to May. Flowers attract insects and fruits are eaten by many birds and people. The Bloubos is the host plant for the Mooi River Opal butterfly. Roots and twigs are used as toothbrushes. Only female plants bear fruit, so plant at least 3 to ensure your garden can feed wildlife. The Bloubos makes a good screen and hedge. Drought and frost hardy, it thrives in a wide variety of situations with tons of neglect. ​ There are 4 subspecies.

Diospyros lycioides
Diospyros lycioides