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Umdoni tree

Afrikaans name: Waterbessie

Umdoni otherwise known as a Water-berry

Umdoni Tree which is also known as the Water Berry Tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

Syzigium cordatum

The Umdoni tree is often called the Water Berry - a name which arises from it being found near rivers and streams and the clumps of berries that it bears.

It is an attractive tree that reaches a height of up to 15 metres.

The leaves of the Umdoni provide browsing for some mammals such as Kudus. The fruit is eaten by Vervet Monkeys, Bush Babies and some birds. Some people also eat the fruit.

The bark can be ground and used as a poison to kill fish.

Leaves of an Umdoni tree

Photo © Steven Herbert


References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 266

Adventure Trails in Kirstenbosch - Author: Daphne Mackie - Year Published: 2012 - Page: 53

Everyone's Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 84

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 182

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 167

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 391

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 2004? - Page: 248

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 52

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 372

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 833

What Tree is That? - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1967 - Page: 67

List of South African Plants

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