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Plant description:

A large, much-branched shrub with a rounded crown and compound, trifoliate, glossy, dark green leaves. It bears small sprays of cream flowers in autumn, followed by clusters of dark red-purple berries. A very useful shrub for planting as a hedge, windbreak or rambler in a coastal garden. Wind resistant. (Previously in the genus Rhus, now reclassified as Searsia.)

Family: Anacardiaceae

Botanical Pronunciation: SEER-zee-a kre-NAH-tuh

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Botanical name

Searsia crenata

Plant Care




This plant carries cream flowers.

Common name(s)

(380.1) Dune crowberry



It has compound, trifoliate, glossy, dark-green leaves.

Uses in landscape design

A very useful shrub for planting as a hedge, rambler, accent or specimen plant in a coastal garden, or to create a windbreak. It is also ideal for dune stabilisation. The berries attract birds. 

Planting instructions

Planting: It prefers 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 one cup of superphosphate or bone meal and mix well.
Watering and feeding: Water when dry and feed during spring with a general fertiliser.
Pruning: Not necessary.


This plant carries clusters of dark red-purple berries on female plants.

Interesting info

This plant has male and female plants. The female plants carry clusters of dark red-purple berries.
Previously called Rhus crenata.

Other languages

Duinekraaibessie (A)

Plant features

Attracts birds – Indigenous/ Native to South Africa , Showy flower , Showy fruit

This plant carries cream flowers.

It has compound, trifoliate, glossy, dark-green leaves.

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