Fruiting bushy shrub or small tree from parts of Africa and Asia, also known as the Indian Plum and Madagascar Plum. Female plant produces small nutritious edible sweet and sour tasting berries that when ripe (dark purple colour) and soft, can be eaten raw or used in jams.
Useful as a screening shrub, it also has small thorns. Also traditionally used as a medicinal plant, and as a wood tree for crafting small hand held tools. Tends to have a short semi-deciduous period around late autumn to early spring in our region, before flushing back into new leaf growth.