Image Urban Bounty NZ Kei Apple tree in a 1.5 litre pot.  The tree has glossy green oval leaves with a pointed tip.

Kei Apple Trees


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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.  




We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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