This plant makes a great living boundary planted 1 metre apart in a hedge. It forms a dense shrub up to 3 metres high, branching from the ground with 5cm long thorns on thick strong branches and trunk. So the possums stay well away!! Also useful to plant under a window you want to be able to leave open without letting burglars in! It is hardy and will survive drought, wind, poor soils and light frosts. Originally from the Kei River area of South Africa. The male and female flowers appear on separate trees so you will need to plant at least 3 to be likely to have one of each. Fruits in 3 years. The fruit are 2-5 cm in diameter with thin yellow skin and yellow melting juicy aromatic pulp. They also make great jam. You can find a recipe for this on the recipe page.

KEI APPLE (Dovyalis Caffra)

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Subtropica supplies edible and ornamental subtropical plants to New Zealand. We provide banana,  casana, cherimoyas and unusual fruits that grow easily in our climate. Plants are grown organically without the use of chemical fertilisers or sprays. Plants include Misi Luki, Australian Ladyfinger,casana, cherimoya, casimiroa, white sapote, papaya, pawpaw, Rainbow Valley pawpaw,  lucuma, Chilean guava, tropical guava, babaco, passionfruit, vanilla passionfruit, ligularis, , macadamia, mulberry, tamarillo,, brugmansia, sugar cane, guava, ginger.    We also stock Davidson's plum, fig, Ventura, monstera, myoga,  inga, pepino, turmeric,  cardomom,  cardamom, pomegranate, , tea, kei apple, arrowroot, Chinese quince,  Surinam cherry,  Japanese raisin, lemon grass, Vietnamese mint,  Abyssinian banana, rose apple,  citrus,  lime,aloe vera, pitaya,