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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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
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

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!

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Eastern Cape, Kei river.
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
The fruit is deliciously sweet and tangy.

Personality

Family
Salicaceae
Flower colour
Green
Scent
Mild

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