Buffalo Thorn Ziziphus mucronata

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Botanical Name:

Ziziphus mucronata

Family:

Rhamnaceae

Genus:

Ziziphus

Species:

mucronata

Common Name:

Buffalo Thorn

Height:
10-40 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
9

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  • Ziziphus mucronata

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in hot tap water, let stand in water for 48 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow 1" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: may also require warm stratification, so germinatioin may be delayed by 1 year.
In a Nutshell:
* The fruit are roughly grape size, and ripen into a deep red.
* Many farmers use the buffalo thorn as a natural fence.
* The leaves are edible, and can be cooked into tasty spinach.
* The leaves can be used as an aphrodisiac.
* A beer can be made from the fruit.
* An extract of the roots is given as a painkiller. more...
* Native to tropical Africa.
* Used to make rosaries. more...