Afrikaans name: Soetdoring
The Sweet Thorn tree is found over most of southern Africa from Angola to South Africa. It is found in various habitats but grows bigger in areas of higher rainfall.
In some areas the Sweet Thorn grows no bigger than a shrub and in others it can grow to a height of 12 metres.
The thorns are long and white and grow in pairs. The flowers of the Sweet Thorn are yellow.
The Sweet Thorn is used for a number of purposes but the most interesting use is making candy from the gum that seeps out of cracks in the bark.
References and further readingA Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 142
Common Trees of the Highveld - Author: Drummond & Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1973 - Page: 47
Everyone's Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 32
Field Guide to the Acacias of South Africa - Author: Nico Smit - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 34
Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 67
Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 160
Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 34
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: 390
Sappi Tree Spotting: Highveld and the Drakensburg - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 1998 - Page: 126
Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 2004? - Page: 170
Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 11
The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 130
The Natal Bushveld - Volume 1 - Author: Natal Parks Board - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 49
Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 284
Wildflowers of the Northern Cape - Author: Jill Adams - Year Published: 1976 - Page: 80