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Pappea capensis


Water Needs

low; water wise; drought hardy

Pappea capensis
Tree small; Tree medium
Jacket-plum; Doppruim

4 – 8 m; 3 – 4 m in arid areas


Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade




: yellow-green; September – March; spring summer autumn; male and female flowers on separate trees

Garden Situation

sun; semi-shade; dry soils; sandy soils; shade tree; small area trees; rocky gravel; windy exposed; shrubbery; slope bank; container; screen; bonsai; salty; wildlife bees butterflies insects birds butterfly host; clay soils;


bushveld; Coastal Eastern Cape; Coastal KZN; woodland forest; rocky places; grassland


Thicket; Subtropical East Coast; Highveld; Bushveld savanna; Karoo; Western Cape

Rain Season

summer; winter

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An evergreen to semi-deciduous tree with a much branched growth habit and a dense rounded crown that provides lovely cool shade. Long spike-like flowers are a yellow-green with sexes on different trees (Dioecious). Planted for the lovely fruits: round, velvety green capsule that splits open to reveal fleshy orange-red flesh that surrounds the seed. Flowers Sept – May; fruits Dec – July. Adapts easily to conditions, smaller in arid regions. Non-aggressive roots. Important butterfly host plant; great bird tree. Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West, Western Cape

Pappea capensis
Pappea capensis
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