Rhus dentata, Searsia dentata, Nana-Berry

Rhus dentata, Searsia dentata

Family: Anacardiaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Zone: 8-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapPlant used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterYellow, orange flowersOrnamental foliagePlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The genus Rhus belongs to the mango family. Nana-Berry is an attractive shrub indigenous with showy, lovely yellow to orange-red foliage in autumn.

The shrub has smooth, greyish brown bark; the leaves, which are pink when young, turning dull yellow to orange-red in autumn, are trifoliolate, with the two side leaflets smaller than the terminal leaflet, dark green above and paler green below with long hairs.

The small, yellowish green flowers are borne in clusters at the end of the branches, wiyh male and female flowers on different plants. The flowers are followed by the shiny, bright red fruits, in heavy clusters.

The nana berry makes an interesting focal point in the garden; the flowers attract butterflies and the attractive fruit brings a host of birds and insects to visit. In autumn the ornamental leaves change color, making this a multi-season garden plant.

This species grows in almost any kind of soil. Young plants need lots of water but once they are established, they do not need much. These plants are therefore good subjects for water-wise gardening. It can be used as a hedge plant and forms akes a very strong barrier if planted closely. It is frost and drought hardy and makes a beautiful container plant.

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