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Botanical Name: Burchellia bubalina
Common Name(s): Wild pomegranate
Categories: Shrubs and Perennials
An outstanding, if slow-growing, large shrub with neat, glossy, dark green leaves. Showy scarlet to orange flowers appear in clusters from late spring into summer; these contain nectar that attract birds. The fruit is urn-shaped. Plants start to flower while still small.
Botanical Pronunciation: bur-CHEL-lee-a bub-uh-LEE-nuh.
Semi Frost Hardy
Bears clusters of showy scarlet to orange flowers that appear from late spring into summer.
This plant bears neat, glossy leaves.
Planting: This shrub does best in well-drained soil. Dig a hole 60cm square and deep. Mix two thirds of the topsoil with one third compost in the bottom of the hole, add a cup of bone meal or superphosphate and mix well.
Watering and feeding: Water and feed regularly, and keep well mulched with compost.
Pruning: Not necessary, can be shaped occasionally.
Uses in landscape design
Garden Design Types: Indegouse gardening (South Africa).
Both the flowers and fruit attract many varieties of birds. This is a good ornamental evergreen shrub for the border and also excellent as a container plant on the patio.