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Diospyros lycioides


Water Needs

low; moderate; drought-hardy

Diospyros lycioides
Shrub medium; Shrub large

2 - 5 x 2 - 4 m


Light Conditions





Creamy-yellow from August to December; winter spring summer

Garden Situation

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


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


thicket; highveld; karoo; succulent karoo; western cape

Rain Season

Summer; winter

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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
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