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Weird Plum Fruits on the Trunk of Tree | Davidson Plum Rainforest Bush Tucker Plant Review

Type of Fruit Tree

Plant Info

Botanical Family Name (if known)
Davidsonia jerseyana
Other Common Names
Orray
Propagation
Grown from seed
Size
5-10 metres

Basic Growing Tips

Growing Tips
  • Free draining soil only
  • Best grown in warmer conditions
  • Grows best in part shade
  • Drought tolerant (low water requirement)
Planting Instructions
Plant as per any other regular fruit tree by digging a hole twice the size of the root ball and then backfill keeping the stem of the tree at the same hight in the ground as it was in the pot. Water well and give regular water for several weeks until established.

This is a rainforest tree so it does like a little shade but it will grow in the open.
Harvesting
Fruit grows on the stem/trunk of the tree and is easy to harvest once the fruit turns a dark blue or falls to the ground when ripe.

Expect harvest after about 3 years of growing and during summer here in Australia.
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Native to Australia and primarily found in northern NSW and SEQ. 

Long slender trunk with bushy top growth. 

Fruits form on the trunk and are of similar size to a date plum or sugar plum. The taste of the fruit is sour, therefore most people make it into a jam, syrup, or drink. 

Very high in antioxidants this bush tucker plant is exceptional for its health qualities and can even help to preserve other foods naturally.   

Editor review

Overall rating 
 
4.8
Easy to Grow? 
 
5.0
Taste 
 
4.0
Disease & Pest Resistance 
 
5.0
Productivity 
 
5.0

This Davidson plum is a great find for backyard growers

I have been totally impressed with our Davidson plum fruit tree and I'm so glad we purchased one a few years back. This is the first year it has fruited so we only had a taste of about 10 plums and not really enough for jam etc but it sure looks very promising for the future. 

It strikes easily from seed so I intend to grow several more and plant them in a row under our large fig tree since this one is growing well in part-shade. 

Check out my video for more information. 

Plant Knowledge Base

I grow/have grown this plant

Where is this plant growing?

In Ground/Raised Bed

What is your Climate?

Sub-Tropical

Organically Grown?

Yes

Fertilisers, Organics, or Other Supplements Used

Citrus fertiliser and natural mulch

Favourite way to prepare/eat

Eating fresh is a rush due to the sourness but I like them! I intend to make a batch of plum jam once we get a bigger harvest as our tree is still rather small at about 2 metres high.

Pros & Cons

Pros
Fruit seems have limited pest issues and therefore we don't need to net or bag the tree.
Fruit forms on the trunk of the tree making an easy harvest.
The tree looks great! Very ornamental in the garden.
Cons
Fruit is sour so for some people it's not very nice to eat fresh.

Would You Grow this Plant Again?

Yes
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