Platbos indigenous forest | Africa´s Southernmost forest | Baviaanspoort Hills, Grootbos Road between Gansbaai and Hermanus

Chionanthus foveolata

"Pock ironwood"

Pock ironwood - Chionanthus foveolataAn evergreen, the ironwood can range in size from 5 to 30 meters in height depending on its habitat. It occurs along the coast on hillsides, wooded ravines, lowland forests and dune scrub. Sprays of small, scented white flowers appear from Sept to Dec. These are followed by fleshy, ovoid black fruit (Nov to July) that germinate readily. The fruits are enjoyed by numerous bird species. A member of the olive family, this is a tough, wind-resistant tree - perfect for coastal gardens and hedging.

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Platbos Forest Trail

for bird and tree enthusiasts.
Discover the magic of this ancient forest as you wander its gentle, meandering pathways.