Brown Ivory

This very attractive, well-groomed tree is called a Brown Ivory. They can reach up to 20 metres in height. The Brown Ivory is an iconic tree in the Thornybush Nature Reserve, with its umbrella-like shape caused by giraffe and elephant feeding on it. It is also attractive to browsers such as Kudu, Bushbuck and Impala, as well as baboons, monkeys and birds. The Brown Ivory is known for its fruit which is high in Vitamin C and often sold by local people on the roadside. The fruit is sweet and is used locally to make beer. The fruit and bark of the tree are also used by the Venda people to treat infertility.