The St Helena ebony has proven easy to propagate and cuttings taken from the two remaining wild shrubs have been used to cultivate plants as part of the conservation programme for this species (4). Wild goats have been all but removed from the island following a concerted campaign in the 1960s (4). The ebony has been established in cultivation at two key sites: behind High Peak (not formerly within the range of the ebony) and Ebony Plain, although limited regeneration has been observed at either site (3). There are currently around 2000 individuals (3) but these were all derived from the two remaining plants, and subsequently have little genetic variation (4). At both sites the Ebony is planted with the hybrid, Trochetiopsis x benjaminii Cronk, also known as ‘Rebony’, and introgression is a possible threat (3). Smaller collections have been established at Scotland, Pounceys and White’s Cottage (Norman Williams Nature Reserve); in the latter two sites the hybrid is also planted (3). In addition, the ebony is also in cultivation in private gardens, usually derived from clonal material of the upper cliff plant (3). These cultivated populations are a mere shadow of the former glory of this species.