isiXhosa: Umgwenya

Afrikaans: Wildepruim

Wild plum


Wild plum

Harpephyllum caffrum

Scientific name

An easy-to-grow, useful and attractive evergreen that attracts many insects and animals and has edible fruits. It is usually found in riverine forests and is in the same family as cashew and mango trees (Anacardiaceae).

The flowers and fruit attracts insects, birds and mammals and this tree has edible fruit that can be made into jams. It is useful for 'bad blood' causing skin irritations and as a wood and as a dye.

Easily grown from seed or cutting.

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

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Nursery Quantity
Mother Nursery 4
Total 4

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

This is a bird-friendly species

It provides medicinal value

It can be used as a construction material

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