Davidsonia pruriens, Davidson's plum

Davidsonia pruriens

Davidson's plum
Family: Davidsoniaceae
Origin: Australia
Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterEdible plant

Davidson's Plum is usually a small to medium sized tree which can reach 10 metres under ideal conditions. It has distinctive, hairy, foliage which is usually bright pink when new. The leaves are divided into leaflets (pinnate) and may be up to 800 mm long. The reddish-brown flowers occur in pendulous clusters in spring. These are followed by purple, edible fruits up to 3" diameter which resemble plums. It's decorative foliage has made it a popular plant for a large container and it will tolerate extended periods indoors. The fruits make excellent jams and a full-flavored, dry red wine. Plants will grow in full to part sun and respond to regular applications of a complete garden fertilizer. Plants are generally propagated from fresh seed but cuttings are also successful.

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