Curtisia dentata – Plant


Indigenous to South Africa, organically grown, and locally sourced from ethical growers committed to sustainable, Nature-friendly cultivation.

Common names: assegai (English); usirayi, umgxina, umlahleni (Xhosa); umlahleni, umagunda, umaginda, umbese, umphephelelangeni (Zulu); modula-tshwene (Sotho); assegaai (Afrikaans).

Botanical name: Curtisia dentata

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Care Summary

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Plant Summary

The assegai, Curtisia dentata, is an evergreen tree that can be used as a garden tree, an evergreen hedge, and a timber tree. It is a medium to tall tree that grows up to 20 meters in height. The tree is found in most of the forests in southern Africa and Swaziland. The timber of the assegai is good, strong, and durable and has been exploited since the earliest colonial days, particularly for wagon-making. The bark, twigs, and leaves were once used for tanning leather. The bark is in great demand for traditional medicine, and is used to treat stomach ailments, diarrhea, and as a blood purifier and aphrodisiac.


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