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Kaffir PlumBy Consultaplantas CC BY-SA 4.0 (Photo Credits)
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.

Other Names: Kaffar Plum
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$12.90 0 Seedling Pot: 0.75L
Height: 20-30cm
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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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Preferred Climate

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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)

Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

4-5 Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

March, April, May


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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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Kaffir Plum (Seedling) 9/10

Amanda19's Edible Fruits
Update: 3506 days 12hrs

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I quite like these sour the tree thrives here.

I have planted them more for shade and shelter than anything.

This one is only 6 months old and I chopped the top off just recently to encourage branching. The dog is for size comparison.....

Nov 2010: Lots of flowers, grows very fast, is very strong and tolerant of heat, wind and salinity. A great windbreak tree.

Planted: 2009

Height 3 metres

Qty: 4

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Usual mix

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic

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