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Ehretia rigida (Puzzle Bush)

Ehretia rigida
Puzzle Bush

This interesting semi-deciduous shrub is from South Africa. The arching branches twist and turn downwards, and are lined with dense clusters of dark green leaves. Pale lilac flowers appears in late spring and early summer on separately sexed trees. Female plants produce small, round orange to red fruit that turn to black as they ripen. Fruit is edible but not palatable to humans. Birds, however, find them very tasty.

Plant Type Shrub
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zone Zone 9 (20° F)
Flower Color White
Flower Season Late Spring, Summer
Growth Rate Moderate, Slow
Height 6' - 12' (ft)
Spread 6' - 12' (ft)
Spacing 12' (ft)
Characteristics Fragrant, Fruit & Berries, Showy
Attracts Bees, Birds
Maintenance Low
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Tolerance Drought
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
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