Euclea natalensis is a very variable, evergreen plant, ranging from a small shrub up to a moderately large tree with a spreading crown and a bole 20cm or more. Euclea natalensis is a hardy, evergreen, very attractive shrub or small to medium sized tree (depending on where in grow. The custom of cleaning teeth and the gums with a chewed root of the tree Euclea natalensis, in the belief that it benefits oral health, is practised in South Africa.

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ShrubPlant Type: It is suited to many different types of gardens, including windy coastal gardens, well-watered subtropical gardens as well as bushveld and woodland gardens.

Toothbrushing with the root of Euclea natalensis.

They are smooth or bristly, yellow, orange, red and black, in dense, conspicuous clusters. Frost HardyPlant Type: It is found growing under many different conditions in a wide variety of habitats, from arid rocky scrub to dune bush, open grassveld, woodland, forest, forest margin, riverine fringes, bushveld and in swamps, from sea level to m.

Click here to register. The new growth in spring is very decorative with pale, gold-tinged, velvety hairy foliage emerging out of the dark green crown.


The bark is dark grey, thin and finely eucleq. This species is wind tolerant, and drought tolerant when established. Slow GrowingEvergreen or Deciduous: National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

HedgeGarden Uses: Rate this plant Is this an interesting plant? The veins are prominent, particularly on the upper surface.

Associated with Termite MoundsHabitat: View other plants in this family QR code link View other plants in this genus. EvergreenFrost Hardiness: The wood is heavy, hard and strong, but is not much used and is avoided as firewood in KwaZulu-Natal. Trees of Southern Africa.

The trees flower in winter-spring June-October and fruit during summer August-Marchripening in autumn. The fruits are edible, and are eaten by birds, monkeys and people.

The strongly scented small, creamy white flowers are borne from August to March and are followed by round red to black fruit from March to December. Rocky OutcropsDrought Hardiness: Description Euclea natalensis is a hardy, evergreen, very attractive shrub or small to medium sized tree depending on where in grows.

Euclea natalensis – Wikipedia

Small GardensHabitat: Euclea natalensis is dioecious with male and female flowers borne on separate trees. The male flowers contain usually 16 stamens and a minute rudimentary ovary with 2 styles. The leaves are variable in size, shape and hairiness, most often oval to oblong with pointed, bluntly pointed or rounded tips.


Sandy, Loam Flowering season: Place in a warm position out of direct sun and keep moist. Take sturdy, semi-hardwood heel cuttings from the previous year’s growth. With its dense crown it makes a good screening plant and can be planted singly as a beautiful specimen tree.

Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Euclea natalensis subsp. obovata

The female flowers have no staminodes. Euclea natalensis is divided into six subspecies: Natal guarri, Natal ebony, large-leaved guarri Eng. Flora of tropical East Africa.

Full SunPosition: The complete field guide to trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei. The flowers are small, bell-shaped, cream to yellow and are carried in many-flowered, nattalensis sprays in the axils of the leaves. Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban.