Apologies for the delay in answering your comments to my last posting - we have just had a manic two weeks. The rep we hired for our Cape Town based business has inundated us with enquiries - and in particular one very large order. It is the type of order where you can't say "Ooops - I left something out of your quote, so I am adding it on at the end" and we had to give it our undivided attention, checking and re-checking, and re-checking again. Thankfully, the quote is now finalised, and has been submitted, and now we wait to hear the outcome...
In the meantime, I need help.
Please, can anyone help me identify this tree?
|Our unknown tree is currently|
3 - 3.5 mtrs tall
It is a relatively fast growing, evergreen tree...
|This is a close up of the pinnate leaves|
|The fruit hanging on the tree - not many,|
For the first time this year I noticed that it had a few fruit on it (duh - I couldn't miss them, could I - especially when they turned red LOL)
|Yes, the one on the right has had a little Dani nibble|
taken out it The taste is sweet-ish although a
little tart. But quite pleasant.
The taste was quite pleasant - sweet, but tart. There is roughly 2 - 3 mm of flesh and it has quite a large "hairy" pip inside.
I'd love to know what it is and are the fruit edible - hopefully someone out "there" can help...? It would be wonderful if they are edible, as, in addition to our pomegranate, peach, plum, pear and apple trees, they can provide us with an alternative source of fruit. :)
|The first signs of leaf growth this Spring|
But, at the end of last summer I noticed for the first time that there were flower "pods" on only one of the branches. They did absolutely nothing, so I reckoned that they had developed too late and the winter cold and frost had killed them.
|A couple of the "pods" have|
suddenly burst into flower
Ha! Exactly how much do I think I know?
In the last 10 days those "dead" pods have started to bloom.
|The flower is orchid like in appearance, with|
"tracks" running down the inside as though
to guide the bees to the stamens
A truly spectacular orchid-like blossom with the most wonderful perfume. I can imagine that when the tree is more mature, and bearing many pods which burst into flower, the scent will be wonderful. Apparently, trees can be grown from the seeds they produce - not easily, but it is possible. I love a challenge :)
|These young leaves are already bigger than my hand|
- and they only emerged last week.
Happy days :)