How to grow Kei apple

Kei apple grow and care – shrub to small tree of the genus Dovyalis also known as Dovyalis caffra or Kai apple, Kei apple perennial deciduous also used as ornamental drought tolerant hedging plant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical, tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 9+.

Leaves green oval next to every leaf there is thorn

Flower color green, the size 0.5-5 mm, female and male flowers grow on separate tree

Kei apple fruits

Fruit color, orange, dark purple, red, the inner part of the fruit color is lighter, the fruit sour can be really sour to slightly sour with sweet, the taste remind Apricot,  the size of the fruit 2-4 cm.

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How to grow Kei apple growing and care:

Well drained soil, need male and female tree, some cultivars can have only female

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes, to get fruits

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Winter. Spring, summer

Pests and diseases:
Very rarely aphids but not cause any problem to the tree and move away

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
Open the inner branch because of the thorn

Size of the plant?
3-6 m, 10-20 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Green flower in the size 0.5-2 mm

Pollination is done by:
Flies, Bees

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Summer, autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, sometime fruit fly

What can be done with big quantities of Kei apple fruits?
Eat raw, jams, juice

Work requirements on the fruit:
Nothing special

How long does it take to bear fruit?
2-3 years

Scientific name:

Dovyalis caffra

How to grow Kei apple

Dovyalis caffra

Growing Kei apple

Growing Kei apple

Harvesting Kei apple

Kei apple


Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
Culinary uses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Dried fruit
  • Eaten raw
  • Fruit
  • Ice pop & Ice cream plants
  • Jams
  • Juice
Flower colors
  • Green flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Edible plants
  • Hedging plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 9