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Ziziphus mucronata, Zizyphus adelensis, Zizyphus mitis, Buffalo thorn, Cape thorn

Ziziphus mucronata, Zizyphus adelensis, Zizyphus mitis

Buffalo thorn, Cape thorn
Family: Rhamnaceae
Origin: South Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Its presence is said to indicate underground water. It usually has a crooked trunk and drooping branches. The glossy, drooping leaves are conspicuously three-veined from the base. The branches are usually covered with stipular spines, one curved and one straight. Inconspicuous yellowish flowers are borne in clusters and produce abundant nectar that attract many insects, especially bees. The roundish fruits are russet-colored when mature and contain a dry meal-like pulp. The fruits are sought after by many birds and wild animals. Bark, leaves and roots and decoctions of these have been used for many ailments, such as skin infections, chest troubles, dysentery, measles, swollen glands, lumbago, and various pains such as toothache. During the Anglo-Boer War, the seeds were ground and the powder used as a coffee substitute. It is a very rewarding garden tree, growing well in any climate but a cold, wet one. It grows quickly from seed and reaches a height of about 7 m at maturity with a spread of about 10 m. It is drought and frost resistant and is a good choice for gardens where little else can grow.


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Ziziphus mucronata, Zizyphus adelensis, Zizyphus mitis, Buffalo thorn, Cape thorn
Ziziphus mucronata, Zizyphus adelensis, Zizyphus mitis, Buffalo thorn, Cape thorn
Ziziphus mucronata, Zizyphus adelensis, Zizyphus mitis, Buffalo thorn, Cape thorn


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