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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Natal Plum

Afrikaans name:

Natal Plum

Natal Plum tree

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The natural distribution of the Natal Plum is along the coastal regions of Eastern Cape through KwaZulu-Natal to Mozambique. It handles the salt content of the sea breezes well which makes it popular in coastal gardens. This feature along with its white flowers make it popular with gardeners in California and Florida. The flowers stay on the plant for months. The crimson fruit is roundish and may be eaten although the rest of the plant should be considered as poisonous.


References and further reading

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 167

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 392

The Coastal Guide of South Africa - Author: Jacana Media - Year Published: 2007 - Page: 110

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 430

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 948

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