AFRICAN WILD APRICOT
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African wild apricot is not in anyway related to the common apricot. It is plant from Southern Africa . Since the fruits are bright yellow And the skin is also velvety, so locals started calling them “apricot”.
Leaves and flowers of African wild apricot
The African wild apricot is widespread and occurs in bushveld and woodlands, especially in rocky areas in eastern parts of South Africa and central and eastern Zimbabwe. Sometimes it can also be seen growing in margins of evergreen forests.
A large shrub or small to medium-sized tree, 2 to 10 m tall; bark pale to dark grey, smooth in young trees but deeply fissured in older specimens
The fruits, though sour in taste, are quite refreshing. These are therefore eaten and also made into a good jam and jelly.
A fruit of African wild apricot
Though wild apricot can moderate frost but the new plants will have to be protected for first two years. It is also drought resistant and grows well in either full sun or light shade. It grows well in sandy or loamy soil to which compost has been added.