As the year draws to a close and the festive season are upon us, we celebrate the attractive Dogwood which is found over most of South Africa.

The indigenous Dogwood has dense, glossy, dark green foliage and grows to a height of 2 – 4 m, making it an ideal specimen for smaller gardens.

As a multi-stemmed, small tree it has a tendency to scramble, but responds well to trimming and can be shaped into a dense shrub. The leaves of this tree are light green when young, and become dark and shiny when mature.  Inconspicuous, small, yellow green flowers attract insects from November to January and birds adore the red berries which appear from January to August.  The berries mature in colour from yellowish to red and different colours can sometimes be found on the tree at the same time.

The tough little tree grows in a variety of soils and is very frost hardy, making it a good choice in the colder areas of our country.  Rhamnus prinoides is a fast grower that can be used as a living fence and will give you privacy in your space within a short period of time.