How to grow Acokanthera spectabilis

Acokanthera spectabilis growing shrub‎ to small tree of the genus Acokanthera also known as African wintersweet, Acokanthera spectabilis perennial evergreen plant and used as ornamental plant for leaves, fruits, flowers fragrant and can be hedge plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropical, temperate, tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+

Leaves color green glossy in elliptic shape.

Acokanthera spectabilis flower

Flower fragrant color white with five petals in star shape.

Fruits color red to black, the fruit in oval shape and NOT edible.

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Requirements for Acokanthera spectabilis growing and care:

Clay-loam soils

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
Just for design

Size of the plant:
2-6m, 6-18 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full sun / Half shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season?

General information about the flower:
White fragrant flowers with five petals in star shape

Scientific name:

Acokanthera spectabilis

Alternative names: African wintersweet, Dune poison bush, Hottentot’s poison, Poison arrow plant, Wintersweet

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