Ochna serrulata

Water Needs


Ochna serrulata
Shrub small
Mickey Mouse Bush

1 - 2 m


Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade;




yellow; spring

narrow spaces; sun; semi-shade; wildlife bees insects birds butterfly host; screen

Garden Situation


fynbos; grassland; rocky places; woodland forest; bushveld; coastal eastern cape


thicket; subtropical east coast; highveld; bushveld savanna; western cape

Rain Season

summer; winter

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1 – 3 m in height and narrow, this is a beautiful tree or small shrub slow growing, but neat, thriving in semi-shade beneath trees. It prefers compost-enriched, moist soils, and it flowers well if trimmed lightly to keep a compact shape. Spring sees beautiful yellow flowers visited by bees and butterflies and black and red fruits eaten by birds and would look stunning outside a window. Prefers frost-free gardens but will cope with a mild frost. Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape

Ochna serrulata
Ochna serrulata
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