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Jacket Plum Tree


The jacket plum, also referred to as bushveld cherry, Indaba or Doppruim, could be a worthy addition to any garden irrespective of what a part of the country you reside in. It can tolerate both cold and warm climates as well as prolonged periods of drought.

It can be grown as a specimen tree or as a feature within your garden, as it is useful as a street tree or for shade in parking lots because it doesn’t have an aggressive root system. Its attractive pale grey stem often has patches of darker colours. Because it seldom attains tremendous dimensions it also lends itself to being employed in townhouse gardens. It develops a closed, dense crown under cultivation in areas of upper rainfall, which creates a cool shady place for a garden bench.

The red fruit of this tree is a tasty treat for humans and a firm favourite with birds and animals.

A fine oil is extracted from the seeds. The jacket plum is related to the litchi and may be a natural addition for the bird or wildlife garden. It is easily cultivated, although slow-growing in colder climates. The new leaves are a sexy pinky-bronze after they emerge in spring, this contrasts well with the dark green of the old leaves making a pretty display.

The jacket plum may be a long-lived, hardy, evergreen, small to medium tree with a height of 2-8 m. Under ideal conditions it can grow at a moderate rate but may be slow-growing under dry and/or cold conditions.

The fruit of the jacket plum fruit tree is extremely unique, because it is a capsule which splits in half when ripe and discloses the seed, which is roofed in a very thin layer of bright orange fruit flesh. The capsules start being a velvety green then turns brown when ripe. Fruits are eaten by various frugivorous birds and animals which successively distribute the seeds in their droppings.

They do need to cross pollinate, and we therefore suggest you purchase 3 for the best chance of receiving a male and female in order for them to bear fruit.

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The sweetly scented flowers of the Jacket Plum attract a large quantity of insects which successively attract many birds.

The seed is parasitized by a tiny low, bright red bug (Leptocoris hexophtalma) which sucks the oil from the seed on the bottom below the tree.

Leaves, bark and also the oil extracted from the seed are used medicinally against baldness, ringworm, nosebleeds, chest complaints, eye infections, and Cupid’s itch. Bark is additionally utilized in protective charms that are sprinkled on the bottom. Some research has reported that the leaves are very effective in killing snails. Infusions of the bark also are employed by Kenyan Masai warriors to achieve courage additionally as an aphrodisiac and a blood-strengthening tonic. The basis is used orally or as an enema and as a purgative for cattle.


Position – Plant your jacket plum tree in full sun as it can handle semi shade as well. It can grow well in any condition because it is incredibly frost hardy. These trees don’t have an enormous root system as it will even do well in small gardens.

Soil Type – Jacket plum trees aren’t fussy about the soil conditions because it grows well in sandy and rocky soils.

Fertiliser – To confirm good growth and fruit-bearing, jacket plum trees need a high amount of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Plant your jacket fruit tree with a mix of potting soil and organic compost. Use a fertiliser with these requirements from your local hardware or nursery, and use it every 1 to 2 months while the tree is young. After that, 3 to 4 times each year is sufficient.

Use our volcanic rock dust to allow your jacket plum the desired magnesium. Otherwise, get magnesium similarly for optimum fruit production.

Mulch – Mulching with pine bark will assist in maintaining the acidity of the soil. This mulch is offered from Just Berry Plants.

Watering – During warm weather and therefore the season, water your jacket plum generously 2 to three times a month. Water it for about 40 minutes. If you get 3 good rains a month, you don’t need to water the tree at all. During the winter months, jacket plum trees are drought-resistant, so water sparingly. They have shallow roots that absorb water and nutrients rapidly.

Pruning – Remove any dead or crossing branches and any foliage or small branches that sprout on larger branches. Shape the tree as you wish.

Harvesting – The trees flower from September to May and the fruit is produced from February to July.

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