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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How to grow 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 indoor 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

How to grow Acokanthera spectabilis

Acokanthera spectabilis flowers

Growing Acokanthera spectabilis

Acokanthera spectabilis care

Acokanthera spectabilis


Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental fruit
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Fragrance
  • Hedging plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13

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