Sideroxylon inerme | White milkwood for sale | Witmelkhout te koop
White milkwood (Witmelkhout) is a slow growing, small, evergreen tree. In persistent wind conditions (for example along the coast) it gradually bends over, and where its trunk touches ground it strikes new roots, thus exhibiting a spreading growth pattern. This is not seen inland, where its dark green, leathery leaves form a dense canopy. Sideroxylon inerme is drought and light frost tolerant. The tree's roots are slightly aggressive and may extend beyond its canopy footprint.
A few gardening ideas:
White milkwood is a beautiful tree to plant in a coastal garden. Its ability to grow in harsh sea-front weather conditions is well known. Use it to stabilize sand dunes and screen plants from sea-winds. White milkwood will soon join other coastal thicket species to provide a lush-green carpet on sea-front dunes.
Sideroxylon inerme is also recommended for inland gardens, where you can plant it as a year-round shade tree. Its shiny dark-green leaves are really beautiful. It is a no-nonsense easy grower (although fairly slow) and not particularly messy. It is our experience that White milkwood responds well to pruning and thrives in a large pot. You can contain the tree's size with this method, thereby enjoying its beauty in a very small garden. It will grow equally well in full sun and semi-shade. Sideroxylon inerme is an undiscovered jewel.
Value to honeybees: Nectar, N0-2; Pollen, P0-1; Flowering months 1-12, (1-4)?. (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 Sideroxylon inerme, White milkwood, Witmelkhout
Available in 50L. Pot plant specimens in 80L. Contact Sandra for availability and price of White milkwood trees in 450L
Sideroxylon inerme (White milkwood) in 50L for sale.
Recommended retail price-50L
Picures showing the use of Sideroxylon inerme (White milkwood) in gardens
Sideroxylon inerme (White milkwood) planted as a stand-alone tree in a large garden.
Sideroxylon inerme (White milkwood) planted as a stand-alone tree next to the street. Note its application in a water-wise garden. It has been pruned to allow persons to walk underneath.