Afrikaans name: Bos-taaibos
Above - Unripe fruit of the Red Currant
The Red Currant tree is an attractive tree, particularly during autumn when its leaves become reddish-brown. They normally grow to a height of 10 metres or less but some trees can reach double this height.
During spring and summer they develop sprays of small yellowish-green flowers and fruit develops between December and March. Initially the fruit, which is borne in large bunches, is green but it becomes reddish-brown when ripe. Individual trees are either male or female and only female trees bear fruit.
The wood of this tree is used to make furniture. Traditionally the sap of the Red Currant has been used for treating various heart problems.
Above - Leaves of the Red Currant tree
References and further readingA Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 207
Everyone's Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 58
Pocket Guide - Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 80
Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 2004? - Page: 270
The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 250
Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 567