Harpephyllum caffrum

An medium-sized evergreen tree that produces edible, red fruit.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 12m x 11m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

A medium to large evergreen tree with a dense roundish crown. The dark grey-brown bark is rough. The dark shiny green leaves are compound with 4-8 pairs of opposite leaflets plus a terminal leaflet. It bears small yellow flowers in branched sprays near the ends of the branches. Sexes are separate on different trees, with only the female trees bearing oblong, fleshy red fruit.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Larval host plant to 7 species of moth and the Common Hairtail butterfly.
The fruit is highly favoured by birds.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Forests.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, forest, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
A wonderful, fast-growing street tree, windbreak or screening plant that can be planted as a shade tree in parking lots.
FOLIAGE:
BARK:
FRUIT:
The fruit is thinly-fleshed and oblong. It emerges green and ripens to red.
SEED:
BUTTERFLY LARVAL HOST:
Anthene definita (Common Hairtail)

CULTIVATION:
Easily propagated by seed. You'll need to remove the outer flesh and sow the quite fibrous seed in a tray of seedling mix that is one part river sand to one part compost. The seeds take about a month to germinate in the summer months and grow fairly fast.

FULL GALLERY:

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