Davidson's Plum is reasonably well know in cultivation, particularly among Australian plant enthusiasts. It is usually a small to medium sized tree which can reach 10 metres under ideal conditions. It has distinctive, hairy, foliage which is usually bright pink when new. The leaves are divided into leaflets (pinnate) and may be up to 800 mm long. The reddish-brown flowers occur in pendulous clusters in spring. These are followed by purple, edible fruits up to 50mm diameter which resemble small plums.
There are two recognised varieties; D.pruriens var. pruriens is the northern form which is generally a much larger plant in all of its parts than the southern var. jerseyana.
D.pruriens has adapted well to cultivation even in southern Australia. It's decorative foliage has made it a popular plant for a large container and it will tolerate extended periods indoors. The fruits, while edible, are not particularly palatable, however, they make excellent jams and a full-flavoured, dry red wine.
The ‘Davo’ is called the “Queen of the rainforest plums”, the local aboriginal people call her “Ooray”, a much more fitting name for a Queen. Attracts King Parrots.
Form: Tree to 10 Metres High
Aspect: Full Sun / Semi-Shade
Soil/Conditions: Adaptable / Well-Drained
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