Premna obtusifolia, native to Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands is a small tree or large shrub that can reach heights of 5 to 10 feet for a shrub or 10 to 20 feet for a small tree. It is an ethnomedical plant that has many culinary and medicinal uses. The leaves, bark, and fruit of Premna obtusifolia can be used for various treatments, including stomach aches, coughs, eye problems, and skin diseases. It can also be used for bonsai.
This plant prefers full sun, but can tolerate some semi-shade. It needs regular watering and dries easily. It is salt tolerant and can be grown near the seaside. Mature plants of Premna obtusifolia can survive cold climates up to 30s F for a short time. It grows best in USDA Zones 9-11.
The fruits of Premna obtusifolia are edible and have many health benefits. The fruit contains many nutrients, including Vitamin C, Calcium, and Iron. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It can be eaten raw or used to make jams, jellies, and sauces. Each tree can produce up to 600 fruits annually.