SA No. 39

Celtis africana

White Stinkwood / Witstinkhout

Family: Celtidaceae

Where can i find this tree. Locations to follow soon – watch this space!


The word “Stinkwood” comes from the unpleasant smell of the wood when freshly cut. The wood is popular for woodwork and is used for a variety of household purposes. They are also often used for bonsai trees. One of the most popular and well known indigenous trees in South Africa.

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The fruit is popular when it comes to birds and you are likely to see Bulbuls, Black collared and Crested Barbets, African Green Pigeons, Speckled and Red-faced Mousebirds as well as Brown-headed and Meyer’s parrots.


Monkeys and baboons also love the fruit and you will often find them in the branches enjoying a meal. A lot of game species enjoy the leaves such as Eland, Kudu, Duiker and Bushbucks.

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