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Kei-Apple

Dovyalis caffra

Also known as

Kei-Appel (Afr.), Amaqokolo, Mukokolo

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

Expected size

Height
Spread

5m

Max

5m

2m

Min

2m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Pick fruit when they are yellow and juicy.

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Overview

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. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape.

Common problems

Fruit fly and birds

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

Uses

Edible

The fruit is deliciously sweet and tangy.

Other uses

Edible