Vangueria infausta is a hardy, deciduous, drought-resistant, large shrub or small tree with big, velvety leaves that have prominent veins on the under-surface.
Clusters of small, greenish-white, sweetly-scented flowers are borne from September to November, usually before the leaves appear. The fruit is hard and bright green, ripening to a light brown. It has a floury texture and is full of seeds.
The pulp of the refreshing, nutritious, edible fruits make a good substitute for applesauce when mixed with a little sugar and water. This plant is recognised as one of the traditional health foods of the Northern Sotho people. This South African Wild fruit tree is widely used for medicinal purposes, despite traditional suspicions around using it.
It is much favoured by birds and insects for both the nectar and pollen of the flowers as well as the flesh of the fruit.
It has a rugged, robust shape and can be used as a form plant. Plant as a specimen, part of a bush clump or in a rockery, in full sun or semi-shade.
Size: 1 to 5m