Scutia myrtina is a hardy, evergreen, thorny, drought resistant, scandent shrub with shiny foliage, which grows in shade or sun. New growth of leaves is bronze. It has fragrant, yellow flowers from Oct. to Jan. and edible fruits that attract birds to the garden.It is also used for nesting sites.
Scutia myrtina makes a good addition to a security hedge. (The Cat Thorn has hooked thorns which make it an effective barrier).
The leaves are used medicinally.