Kei-Apple

Dovyalis caffra

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Thorny shrub to tree that grows quickly into a thick hedge making it popular as security fence. The edible yellow fruit is tricky to pick, but flavourful and remind of little apples.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Pick fruit when they are yellow and juicy.

Propagation

Seed

Easily grow from seed in sandy soil mix.

Special features

Attracts birds

Attracts useful insects

Drought resistant

Hedge plant

Effective security hedge.

Attractive fruits

Apricot scented fruit with small pips. Orange-yellow colored small round fruit that is sweet and tangy - and edible!

Attracts butterflies

Wind break

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Eastern Cape, Kei river.

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

The fruit is deliciously sweet and tangy.

Personality

Family

Salicaceae

Flower colour

Green, Cream

Scent

Mild

Problems

Fruit fly and birds

Credits

profile iconDovyalis caffra
by Phillemon Ndou, Witwatersrand National Botanical Gardens, April 2003 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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