Even though its leaves look quite tough, bushbuck love them and the adult trees in our pilot area don’t seem to have been able to produce any surviving youngsters. We’re planting more, as the purple fruits are a hit with birds, vervet monkeys and bushpig, and the flowers support bees and flies. (Flies need trees too!)
The wood from these trees is also quite special: pinkish, with a grain fine enough to make violins from (source: Elsa Pooley). The tree also treats heart, stomach and respiratory complaints. But we’d like our trees to stay intact for at least the next century or so before such transformations!