The common wild currant, Searsia pyroides, is a small to medium sized evergreen tree and is regarded as one of the most widely distributed indigenous trees in South Africa. It grows well in both high altitude and low altitude areas. The height depends on the climatic conditions but is normally 5-7m.
This low branching, multi-stemmed shrub or tree has a dense rounded canopy. Its velvety, light grey-green leaves are compound and composed of three leaflets. Woody spines are found along the stems. The bark is rough and dark grey. Searsia pyroides bears tiny white flowers from August to March. The flowers on the female plants is a droopy cluster. Male and female flowers are found on separate plants. Fruits of Searsia pyroides are drupes, almost like a bunch of grapes, with a thin pulp layer.
Searsia pyroides is a valuable addition to the garden as it attracts multitudes of birds and insects. When grown as a shrub, it responds well to pruning thus enhancing the beauty of the garden. Due to the prominent spines, Searsia pyroides can be planted as a security hedge.I t is also suitable for bonsai.
You may find stock of this plant at Random Harvest.