Originating in Africa, this tree bears a small plum like fruit bright orange in colour. A thin layer of acid-sweet, watery pulp surrounds the seed. The rather tender skin tends to prevent packing and shipping of the fruit, but it deserves to be more widely cultivated as a home fruit. Hardy to most conditions. Dark green leathery leaves and ornamental structure make it appealing as an interesting and edible landscape plant. Grows to a bush or small tree to 4-6 m. Imbes have good salt tollerance and are also wind tollerant. Trees are dioecious, so one of each a male and female are needed for pollination and fruit set. Plant a minimum of 3 seedlings to increase the chances of having one of each. Isolated female trees will set a few small fruit parthenocarpically but the quality and size is always better with a male pollinator.
Plant Information or Specifications
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
3 Plants (Male and Female)
Learn about Pollination
Can it Handle Frosts?
Likes Temps above 5deg
February, March, April
Customer Comments on Imbe
Dead ugly tree, but the fruit are definitely worth it! | Eamonn O'loghlin - Brisbane, QLD 22-Sep-2009
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