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Flower of the Day: September 17, 2021. Dwarf Natal plum shrub

“The superfluous blossoms on a fruit tree are meant to symbolize the large way God loves to do pleasant things.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

On a walk around our neighborhood, we found this curious fruit shrub. It looked like a ground cover plant, but the red fruits made it “sus” (aka. suspicious, as the kids say these days). Google lens identified it as Natal Plum, which is a flowering fruit shrub native to South Africa and they are commonly used as landscape plants in warm weather.

Information about this plant describe them as a plum-type fruit: they are edible after two full years of maturity, but the leaves are toxic to consume. Also, this plant blooms white fragrant flowers. What a lovely shrub to grow and have in one’s yard! My kind of flowering shrub.

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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  1. Beautiful photos and the natal plums look great, Esther! Is the shrub on public property? I wonder if people can pick the plums. I have two plum trees. The plum blossoms last for about two weeks and need bees to pollinate. This year, it was rainy right after the blossom, there were no bees around, so I only got about 100 plums instead of 1,100 a few years ago.


    1. Hi Miriam, these natal plums were on public property in a new home community. It’ll be interesting to see how the plums bloom and if the homeowners will pick them to eat. I should go back to see how much they’ve grown.
      Plum trees sound great to have. I wish your plum tree did as well as previous years. My goodness, 1100 plums. That’s a whole lot of plums. It’s possible with the right conditions that your plum tree can produce that much. Keep that tree growing strong!!


      1. We have some home owners grow orange, apples, and other kinds of fruits. The trees get big with the branches hanging on the wall. Some branches are over the streets. People pick the fruits when they go on walks. All my trees are in the back yard.

        You can go back to see how big the plums grow, Esther.


      2. The county I live in is Orange County and it used to have many orange groves. I think homes being built in the 60s and earlier have an orange tree in the yards. Our orange tree was there when we moved in. It must be older than the house.


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