Ehretia rigida | Puzzle-bush for sale | Deurmekaarbos
Puzzle-bush (Deurmekaarbos) is a small, deciduous tree with a compact, shrub-like growth form and non-aggressive roots. Its branches inter twine to form an informal, dense structure. (Hence the descriptive and beautiful Afrikaans name which can be translated as "disordered bush", or "mixed-up bush") The tree is known for its attractive, sweetly scented, mauve to blue flowers (sometimes borne in profusion) and its bright orange-red, edible berry-like fruit. Ehretia rigida tolerates severe frost (up to -6 degrees Celsius) and is quite water wise. It grows at a medium rate.
A few gardening ideas:
Puzzle-bush is a no-nonsense, easy grower, requiring only occasional pruning (perhaps once in 3 years) to control is spread. Its compact form offers a neat presentation throughout the year. This species is highly recommended for planting in a small or even very small garden. It grows well in a container, responds favorably to pruning and can, for example, be pruned into a decorative pendulous "lolly pop" shape. Plant one or more trees as focal point near to your swimming pool. It is also a deserving screening tree. Birds love its fruit!
Value to honeybees: Nectar, N1-3; Pollen, P0-2; Flowering months 8-2, (9-10). (See blog-post "The bee-value of South Africa's trees" for an explanation of codes)
For more information on this species go to PlantZAfrica Ehretia rigida, Puzzle-bush, Deurmekaarbos
Currently only available in 50L
Ehretia rigida (Puzzle-bush) in 50L for sale.
Recommended retail price-50L