Dovyalis rhamnoides is a fairly hardy, evergreen bushy shrub or slender small tree with grey bark.
Long, very sharp, slender spines are massed on the branches. The beautiful, glossy, dark green leaves are arranged horizontally on one plane.
The tiny creamy-green flowers are borne from June to September and are followed by oval, bright red, fleshy fruit that is edible and can be used to make a preserve.
The fruit also attracts birds to the garden.
This decorative tree is a useful addition to a security hedge.
Size 1 to 7m