Noronhia emarginata, Madagascar olive

Noronhia emarginata

Madagascar olive
Family: Oleaceae
Origin: Madagascar
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterEdible plantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Noronhia emarginata is a versatile plant that is native to Madagascar. It grows as an evergreen shrub or small tree, about 3-15m tall. It has small but fragrant flowers with a four-lobed corolla, and the leaves are opposite, elliptical or obovate, up to 5 inches long.

The fruit of Noronhia emarginata is edible and has a number of health benefits. The fruits are globose to turbinate drupes, about 1 inch diameter, and bright yellow ripening to dark purple. They are rich in vitamins A, B and C, as well as other nutrients, and contain high amounts of dietary fiber.

Given the right conditions, Noronhia emarginata is a very easy plant to grow. It prefers full sun, but can tolerate part shade. It should be grown in well-drained soil that is acidic or alkaline, in clays, loam, and sand. It is drought-tolerant and highly salt-tolerant and can

In colder climates, Noronhia emarginata is hardy to temperatures at least as low as 30F. When grown in containers, take precaution to ensure the soil is properly drained and frost protection should be taken. It is advised to move the pot indoors when the temperature drops below freezing, to protect the roots.

Noronhia emarginata, Madagascar olive
Noronhia emarginata, Madagascar olive
Noronhia emarginata, Madagascar olive

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