Searsia chirindensis

Water Needs

moderate; water wise

Searsia chirindensis
Shrub large; Tree small
Red Currant; Bos-taaibos

3 - 20 m

Size

Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade

Frost

light

Flowers

cream-green; spring summer autumn

sun; semi-shade; small area trees; wildlife birds; screen

Garden Situation

Habitat

woodland forest; fynbos; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn

Region

Thicket; subtropical east coast; western cape; bushveld savanna

Rain Season

winter; summer

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Description

The well-known Red Currant, or Bos-taaibos, produces its heavy crop of fruits at this time of year. An attractive shade tree, it tolerates both shade and sun, growing naturally in forests, thick riverine bush, and on rocky hillsides throughout much of the country. Leaves are characteristically tri-pinnate with woody spines covering the stems. Another single-sexed tree, the Red Currant is a fast grower that, in a forest situation, can grow up to 20 m tall with a 1.3 m diameter trunk. It copes with light frost. Monkeys and birds eat fruits, and the leaves browsed by antelope. Prune lower branches from early on if a tree shape is required; otherwise, the Red Currant makes an attractive, dense screen.

Searsia chirindensis
Searsia chirindensis
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