Euclea natalensis is a very variable, evergreen plant, ranging from a small shrub up to a moderately large tree with a spreading crown and a bole 20cm or more. Euclea natalensis is a hardy, evergreen, very attractive shrub or small to medium sized tree (depending on where in grow. The custom of cleaning teeth and the gums with a chewed root of the tree Euclea natalensis, in the belief that it benefits oral health, is practised in South Africa.

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The lower surface is often covered with thick, velvety red hairs, the upper surface is occasionally also covered with hairs.

Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Euclea natalensis subsp. obovata

MedicinalGarden Uses: The leaves are hard and leathery, dark green and shiny above and paler underneath. Rocky OutcropsDrought Hardiness: Protect from frost when young. Origins and meanings natxlensis names of South African plant genera.

Rate this plant Is this an interesting plant? References Coates Palgrave, M. It is also used for protective sprinkling charms.

Coastal ScrubHabitat: It has a spread of m. Natal guarri, Natal ebony, large-leaved guarri Eng. HedgeGarden Uses: Shrub, Tree SA Distribution: Jatalensis of southern Africa: ShrubPlant Type: A South African guide.


Seed plants of southern Africa: Euclea natalensis is divided into six subspecies: Euclea natalensis is dioecious with male and female flowers borne on separate trees.

Eulea are pounded and boiled and used to make a black dye. It is suited to many different types of gardens, including windy coastal gardens, well-watered subtropical gardens as well as bushveld and woodland gardens. Description Euclea natalensis is a hardy, evergreen, very attractive shrub or small to medium sized tree depending on where in grows.

Take sturdy, semi-hardwood heel cuttings from the previous year’s growth. The leaves are variable in size, shape and hairiness, most often oval to oblong with pointed, bluntly pointed or rounded tips. National Botanical Duclea, Pretoria. Clean off the fleshy layer, sow in spring or summer in a well-drained seedling mix.

Frost HardyPlant Type: Water generously during its first years to allow it to establish itself. The trees growing in Kirstenbosch do not set fruit as abundantly as trees in habitat, perhaps because the male and female specimens are planted too far apart from each other. Euclea natalensis is a shrub or small bushy tree, m tall, with a dense, spreading crown, or under warm and well-watered conditions, a medium-sized tree m tall with spreading branches.


Natalensiis have a heavy, sweet scent. SmallGrowth Rate: Sandy, Loam Flowering season: In an exposed, windy, coastal site it will form a low, rounded, bushy, stunted tree, whereas in a protected, well-watered garden it can be expected to grow into a handsome medium-sized, spreading tree. Google QR Code Generator.

Toothbrushing with the root of Euclea natalensis.

Subscribe Subscribe To Our Newsletter. University of Cape Town, Cape Town. Flora of tropical East Africa. It is a little slow growing and should be planted in sun or semi-shade. Euclea natalensis is not threatened. Click here to register.

Euclea natalensis

The common name guarri is the phonetic spelling of its original Khoisan name, the original meaning unknown. This species is wind tolerant, and drought tolerant when established. Natlensis arid scrub it is stunted, often less than a metre tall, while in forest or under favourable conditions it can form a handsome tree m tall with spreading branches.