Maytenus undata is a hardy evergreen tree with a variable height depending on the area it is growing, Maytenus undata is usually a multi-stemmed shrub [2-3m tall] or a single trunked tree that can grow up to 5m. It is a common tree along the margins of forest, in woodland and on rocky hillsides, often among boulders and on termite mounds. Its provincial distribution stretches from Eastern Cape to North West.
The Koko tree has simple alternate, holly-like leaves that are leathery and shiny on top. The bark is grey-brown, smooth to finely fissured and flaking to reveal pinkish deeper bark. Yellow-green fragrant flowers produced in summer appear in small heads of 2–10 flowers. A sweet fragrance from these blooms attract a wide range of insects and birds to the tree. After flowering, Maytenus undata bears shiny orange -brown seeds that are covered by a thin aril that is orange and soft.
Maytenus undata is ideal for planting in small gardens as well as in containers. Due to its evergreen growth habit, this tree can be planted as a wind barrier. The Koko tree grows well in full sun and semi-shade conditions. It is frost tolerant and grows well in loamy soils.
You may find stock of this plant at Random Harvest.