Harvest the fruits once mature and good color has developed. This occurs roughly two years after it was planted. Be delicate when picking the fruits as they bruise easily and use as fresh as possible.
The Natal Plum is a dense thorny evergreen shrub to small tree. The oval, pink or red fruit is edible and rich in Vitamin C, magnesium and phosphorous and follows pretty fragrant white starry flowers. It may also, in addition to its sweet fruit and sweetly scented flowers, double as a neat security hedge. It is easy to grow in coastal regions and an option for xeriscaping and windy areas. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape.
Diseases include bacterial, fungal and viral infections, but usually plants are problem-free.
The seed is best sown fresh or in the spring. Keep moist until well-rooted.
Take 10-15cm cuttings in Spring or Autumn.
The fruit is a food source for many birds and other animals too!
Attracts useful insects
Bees love to visit the flowers.
Once established, the plant can withstand dry spells and wind.
Effective evergreen hedge with thorns makes it an effective security fence. it is often clipped in a more formal form too!
White fragrant star-shaped flowers with five petals.
Glossy green leaves.
The fruit is a glossy pinkish red colour. It is edible and is highly nutritional.
The fruit is wonderful fresh or made into a preserve.