Tree of the year 2011

Found this whilst sitting at Emmerentia in the sunshine, x

Pappea capensis
Family name: Sapindaceae
Common name:
Jacket-plum, Doppruim, indabatree (Zulu)

Description: Jacket-plum is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree with a spreading, rounded or dome-shaped crown.

Leaves are rough to the touch, dull green above and paler green below with rounded base and apex and entire or closely spine-toothed margins; alternate, simple, often crowded near the ends of branches.

Flowering are greenish yellow and are in axillary and drooping spikes.

Flowering time: summer-autumn

Fruit is a furry-green 3-lobed capsule up to 20 mm in diameter, when it split it reveals a shiny black seed enclosed by a fleshy orange-red appendage.

Origin: South Africa

Uses: the bright red, jelly-like, translucent arils around the seeds are edible with sweet-sour taste. The seed oil is edible but slightly purgative and is also applied to treat ringworm and baldness. Bark has been used as a tonic and aphrodisiac and for chest complaints. Leaf infusions are used for sore eyes and root infusions are used as purgatives for cattle.
1.    van Wyk, B., van Wyk, P. and van Wyk B-E. 2008. Photo Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Briza Publications: Pretoria.
2.    van Wyk, B. and van Wyk, P. 2009. Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa. Struik Nature Publishers

5 Responses to Tree of the year 2011

  1. mol-d May 4, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    here is a long list of trees of the year 🙂

  2. Anel Heydenrych September 1, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    Thanks for this; will do a follow-up story for today. I thought we had 3 trees of the year this time? did I have it wrong? I had scientists from the dept of Agr, Forestry and Fisheries here and they spoke about 3 trees?
    let me know
    thanks anel
    PS: do you have anyone AFrikaans speaking that could maybe talk about this tree?

  3. NICCI ROSTRON September 2, 2011 at 8:12 am #



  4. mol-d September 2, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    hi anel and nicci, here are the details of the three trees as well as a link to a SANBI poster with more details:

  5. Shani Grové September 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Can one plant this tree in the Eastern Free State? Winter temperatures can go down to -11C.

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