Dacryodes edulis, Bush Pear, Bush Butter Tree

Dacryodes edulis

Bush Pear, Bush Butter Tree
Family: Burseraceae
Origin: West Africa
Big tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterYellow, orange flowersEdible plantEthnomedical plant.
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Dacryodes edulis is an evergreen tree.The flowers are yellow and about 5 mm across. They are arranged in a large inflorescence. The fruit is an ellipsoidal drupe which varies in length from 4 to 12 cm. The skin of the fruit is dark blue or violet, whereas the flesh is pale to light green.

Cooked flesh of the fruit has a texture similar to butter.

Seedlings can thrive in quite dense shade, but older trees grow well in partial shade or full sun.

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