Berchemia sp., Pink Ivory, Red Ivory

Berchemia sp.

Pink Ivory, Red Ivory
Family: Rhamnaceae
Origin: South Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterEdible plant

Berchemia sp. (Pink Ivory) is a large shrub, typically growing 5-10 feet tall, though in the right conditions it can reach heights of up to 20 feet, making it a small tree. The plant is native to South Africa and prefers an environment with full sun and moderate water. It can also be grown in semi-shaded areas, though it should not be placed in excessive shade. The Berchemia sp. (Pink Ivory) is hardy in USDA Zones 9-11 and can be grown in cooler climates in containers, as long as they are brought inside during the winter months.

The Berchemia sp. (Pink Ivory) produces edible fruits that can be eaten fresh, or used in cooking or to make jams or jellies. Fruits ripen from late summer into autumn and the plants can produce several crops of fruits each year. The fruits are a bright, tangerine color and are slightly sweet but with a hint of tartness. They are high in vitamin C and contain other minerals, making them a healthy addition to the diet.

In terms of care, Berchemia sp. (Pink Ivory) is not particularly fussy, but it does need to be watered regularly in order to grow well. It is also important to prune away any dead or weak stems in order to encourage healthy growth. In colder climates, the tree should be grown in a container that can easily be brought indoors when temperatures drop. Outside of the cold season, it will benefit from a top dressing of compost to help the soil retain moisture and nutrients. With regular care, the Berchemia sp. (Pink Ivory) can produce an abundance of sweet, tangerine colored fruit year after year.

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