Botanical Name: Harpephyllum caffrum
A small South African, very ornamental fruit tree. It flowers and fruits from summer to autumn. The red fruit, borne in clusters have thin skin with a pleasantly sour flesh. They can be eaten fresh, made into jellies, jams and preserves or a delicious rose wine. The bark can be used for dying, it produces a mauve - pink colour. Attractive to birds and butterflies it is a slow growing but long lived tree. Plant a minimum of three trees to ensure cross pollination. The branches are brittle in heavy winds so protection with a wind break is recommended.
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Climate Subtropical (#ClimateSubtropical), Colour Fruit Skin Red (#ColourFruitSkinRed), Grow Full Sun (#GrowFullSun), Leaves Evergreen (#LeavesEvergreen), Origin Africa (#OriginAfrica), Pollination - Dioecious (#Pollination-Dioecious), Size Height 2-5m (#SizeHeight2-5m), Size Plant Width 2-5m (#SizePlantWidth2-5m), Tangy (#Tangy), Taste Flesh Sour (#TasteFleshSour)
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
3 Plants (Male and Female)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
March, April, May
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Customer Comments on Kaffir Plum
Give this tree plenty of space to grow. I live in the Swan Valley in Perth and my tree is approx 10m high and 10m wide. It is loaded with fruit and picking season for us starts October. | Robyne Healy - Perth, WAUST 30-Oct-2017
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