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Kaffir Plum

Harpephyllum caffrum

a.k.a. Wild Plum

A red fruit, somewhat like a smaller and oval shaped plum. Has red pulp that is fairly sour to the taste, through tasty, and has a variety of edible uses. The tree is also enjoyed as a low-care ornamental in subtropical and tropical regions alike.

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Medium sized tree growing up to 40 feet, though shorter specimens seem to be common. The tree is noted for its pinnate, green, glossy leaves that have a characteristic sickle shape. Male and female flowers are born on separate trees. Fruits


Hardy to at least 30F. USDA Zones 10-11.

Growing Environment

Once established the Wild Plum needs only moderate watering during warm seasons. Grow in full sun. In subtropical and tropical climates it needs minimal care once established.


By seeds. Occasionally propagated by cuttings.


Fruits are commonly used to make preserves and to ferment a type of rose wine. The bark has a number of traditional medicinal uses, primarily as a topical agent against acne, eczema and skin problems. The wood has a reddish tinge and is used in furniture, carving and for general use.

Native Range

Native to Eastern parts of Southern Africa, from the Cape, through Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

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