Kei Apple Trees
FRUIT-KEI-1-5Regular price $22.00
Fancy something different in your orchard? Try growing a Kei Apple tree. This dense, bushy tree is a prolific fruit, producing lots of delicious yellow plum-sized berries. It is a great plant for tricky coastal gardening conditions and makes a good hedge.
Urban Bounty Kei Apple plants come in a 1.5L pot.
What is a Kei Apple (Dovyalis caffra, Kai Apple, Umkokola)
Kei Apple plants are drought-hardy, deciduous fruit tree. This plant is native to the Kei River area of South Africa, where it is used as an animal-proof hedge. (Problems with possums, anyone?) Kei Apple trees grow in a dense bush, reaching between 3 and 6 metres high. It's size can be managed by pruning or growing in a large container. The bees absolutely love their scent!
Kei Apples are highly aromatic, and produce delicious golden fruit, the size of a plum. Beware - it is also a thorny tree, so care needs to be taken at harvest and pruning time!
This tree would make an interesting addition to your orchard, or a tropical-style garden. It is used in the Mediterranean and South Africa as a trimmed hedging plant. It can be great espaliered for style and access to fruit.
Culinary uses for Kei Apple (Dovyalis caffra, Kai Apple, Umkokola)
Kei Apples are a tasty, tangy fruit with a sweet-sour flavour and a slightly downy skin The flavour of the juicy pulp has variously been likened to Mango, Starfruit and Apricot. Use them in preserves, jellies and sauces. Kei Apples can be eaten fresh - they sweeten a day or two after dropping from the tree.
Growing Conditions - Kei Apple (Dovyalis caffra, Kai Apple, Umkokola)
Kei Apples thrive in full sun - light shade. While they tolerate most soils, Kei Apples prefer free-draining conditions. Companion plant with Marigolds.
This tree withstands drought, salt spray, wind and light frosts. It will take 2 - 3 years before a Kei Apple bears fruit.
Kei Apple plants are generally either male or female, it is no possible to tell which a plant is until they bloom and so having 3 plants is recommended for a crop. Prune your Kei Apple tree in late autumn, or winter, when it has lost its leaves.