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Useful Tropical Plants

Buxus macowanii

Oliv.

Buxaceae

+ Synonyms

Buxella macowanii (Oliv.) Tiegh.

Notobuxus macowanii (Oliv.) E.Phillips

Common Name:

Buxus macowanii
Plant growing in Jan Celliers Park, Pretoria
Photograph by: Dr. Johann C. Knobel
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Buxus macowanii Buxus macowanii

General Information

Buxus macowanii is a small, very slow-growing evergreen shrub or tree growing from 1.5 - 10 metres tall[
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]. The bole can be up to 30cm in diameter[
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The tree is exploited from the wild for its timber, which is often exported[
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]. It is grown as an ornamental, where it makes a good hedge.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - S. Africa in the Eastern Cape forests.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height7.00 m
Growth RateSlow
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Tolerant of deep shade[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

Although slow-growing, the plant makes an excellent low hedge and is very amenable to trimming[
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Other Uses

The wood is very beautiful. It is yellow, hard, fine-grained and has a smooth texture. It is used for clay-modelling tools, musical instruments, model-making and was once in great demand for engraving; especially for printing[
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It is also used for firewood[
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Propagation

Seed - stratification is not necessary but can lead to more regular germination[
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The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation.
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Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W.
Publisher
Athens Ga. Varsity Press
Year
1987
ISBN
0942375009
Description
A very detailed book on propagating trees. Not for the casual reader.
]. The seed is best sown in a nursery bed as soon as it is ripe[
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Growing from Seed. Volume 3.
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Author
Bird. R. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1989
ISBN
-
Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation.
]. Fresh seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15°c but stored seed can take longer[
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Growing from Seed. Volume 3.
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Author
Bird. R. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1989
ISBN
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Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation.
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on until large enough to plant out,
Cuttings of short side shoots with a heel[
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The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
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Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. High percentage[
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Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers.
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Author
Sheat. W. G.
Publisher
MacMillan and Co
Year
1948
ISBN
-
Description
A bit dated but a good book on propagation techniques with specific details for a wide range of plants.
]. Rather slow to root[
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Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Nodal cuttings are fairly easy[
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The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
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