Simple-leaved False Currant
We’re particularly fond of this pretty forest tree, perhaps because it’s one of the first new species we got to know, and it has tenaciously managed to keep a roothold in areas where aliens such as cestrum and ginger lilies have swamped all else. It is a bit of an ode to survival: by the end of summer its leaves have often been nibbled extensively by Charaxes and other caterpillars, and it often has to send up yet another shoot in search of light, but it keeps going. The flowers are followed by small fruits, red and green, that birds love. We’ve seen some that have grown into large trees of 6m or more.