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Rhus Chirindensis belongs to the family Anacardiaceae.




Images of Rhus Chirindensis at google.com

Rhus Chirindensis belongs to the family Anacardiaceae. Common names are:
• Red currant
• Bos-taaibos
• Motha-thaa
• Umhlakothi

Overview of Rhus Chirindensis

• This is an attractive African tree.
• It has lovely reddish autumn foliage.
• It is common throughout the eastern part of South Africa.
• It grows in gardens.
• This is a semi-deciduous shrub to small tree.
• It can grow up to a height of 6-10 m.
• The flowers are small and yellowish green in color.
• They are borne in clusters at the ends of the branches.
• This is from August to March.
• The fruits are 4-7 mm in diameter.
• This is a widespread African species occurring from Tanzania in the north to the Cape in the south.
• The sap of this tree is used in traditional medicine.
• This is used for treating heart complaints.
• The bark is also used to strengthen the body.
• It is also used for stimulating circulation.
• It is used in the treatment of rheumatism and mental disorders.

Scientific classification for Rhus Chirindensis

• Kingdom: Plantae
• (unranked): Angiosperms
• (unranked): Eudicots
• (unranked): Rosids
• Order: Sapindales
• Family: Anacardiaceae
• Genus: Rhus
• Species: R. carnosula

Growing and Caring conditions for Rhus Chirindensis

• Look for plants at nurseries.
• Get them in spring and summer.
• They can be brought all year-round in warmer climates.
• Choose healthy-looking plants.
• A healthy plant has signs of new leaves and flower buds.
• Buy Rhus plant in 1-gallon containers.
• Choose a site.
• The site should receive full sun.
• The site should have a well-drained soil.
• The plant can tolerate partial shade.
• Dig a hole for each plant.
• This hole should be no deeper than the soil in which the plant was growing.
• Dig planting holes.
• These holes should be spaced three feet apart.
• Add a light application of organic fertilizer.
• Apply it to each planting hole.
• This should be done before setting the plants in.
• Mulch around the plant and not on top of the plants.
• Mulch it with 3 inches of organic compost.
• Water until the soil is completely moist.
• Water weekly the first summer only.
• Rhus plant does not need extra water once it is established.
• Prune out selected stems.
• Do so for the size.
• Prune if they are damaged.
• Prune it using by-pass pruners or a pruning saw.
• Do cut the stem off all the way back to the joint of the stem or where it joins another stem.
• Rhus plants make a good high ground cover for slopes.
• They look well along the top or bottom of a wall.
• They go well in a hot, sunny location.
• Rhus plants usually spread 6 to 8 feet all around.





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