Jacket Plum – Pappea capensis
Jacket Plum, Pappea capensis, is a long-lived, hardy, evergreen, small to medium fruit bearing tree, indigenous to southern Africa. It reaches heights of 2-8 meters and under ideal conditions can grow at a moderate rate but slow-growing under dry and/or cold conditions. Jacket Plum is of value as a street tree, shade tree in parking lots and townhouse gardens since it does not have an aggressive root system.
Pappea capensis leaves are simple and oblong, paler green below, hard-textured and rippled. Leaf borders vary from sharply toothed (in young growth) to almost smooth. Flowers are greenish, round and velvety, over 1cm in diameter, borne on catkins in the axils of the leaves, followed by round green velvety fruits. The wood is hard, light brown with a reddish shade, tough and heavy with a twined grain. Leaves and bark used as an important source of traditional medicine today.
Jacket Plum Fruit
Jacket Plum fruit is edible, with a tart flavor. It is eaten fresh or used to make preserves, jelly, vinegar and alcoholic drinks.
Jacket Plum Propagation Methods
Plant propagation is by seed and stem cuttings. Seeds should be collected from the ripe fruits, remove the red flesh and sow immediately. Pappea capensis is a member of the family Sapindaceae the genus Pappea. The plant can tolerate both cold and heat as well as prolonged periods of drought. Nursery-grown plants adapt well to cultivation.
Jacket Plum, Pappea capensis
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