The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

White Stinkwood

Afrikaans name: Witstinkhout

White Stinkwood tree

White Stinkwood tree

Photo © Steven Herbert

Celtis africana

The White Stinkwood has a number of qualities that make it a popular choice by gardeners in South Africa. It is fast growing, provides shade in summer and reaches a manageable height of around 12 metres. In its ideal forest habitat they reach a height of 25 metres.

The bark of the White Stinkwood is smooth and pale grey to whitish in colour. The leaves are serrated over much of the edge. When new the leaves are bright green in colour then they go darker with age.

The greenish flowers are small and not particularly conspicuous. The rounded fruit turn brownish or blackish once ripe. The wood gives off a strong smell when cut giving rise to its name.

White Stinkwood leaves

Leaves

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References and further reading

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 196

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 126

Tsitsikama Trees - Author: Prof. HB Rycroft - Published: 1980 - Page: 18

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 89

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1999 - Page: 20

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 1994 - Page: 64

The Flora of the Natal Drakensberg - Author: Donald Killick - Published: 1990 - Page: 66

The Natal Bushveld - Volume 1 - Author: Natal Parks Board - Published: 1981 - Page: 21

Sappi Tree Spotting: Highveld and the Drakensburg - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Published: 1998 - Page: 166

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - 2nd edition - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Published: 2004 - Page: 182

Piet van Wyks Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 1st edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 1988 - Page: 23

Indigenous Garden Plants of Southern Africa - Author: Glenice Ebedes - Published: 2017 - Page: 17

Gardening with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1988 - Page: 77

Indigenous Beginnings - Author: Anneke Kearney - Published: 2008 - Page: 29

Gardening with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1988 - Page: 39

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 162

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 199

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - 5th edition - Author: Piet van Wyk - Published: 2008 - Page: 23

Everyones Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Published: 1989 - Page: 20

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Published: 1983 - Page: 86

A site-by-site guide to trees in the Kruger National Park - Author: Marissa Greeff - Published: 2017 - Page: 16

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