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Marula

Sclerocarya birrea

a.k.a. Sclerocarya caffra

Plum sized fruit with translucent white pulp and yellow skin. Pulp is sweet-sour in flavor and highly esteemed in some parts of Africa.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Marula. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in July 2017.

Description

Large or medium sized tree. Trees are dioecious and male and female trees are required for fruit-set. Tree is fairly adaptable, growing in a variety of woodland and scrubland biomes in its native range.

Hardiness

It is mildly hardy, surviving brief frosts.

Growing Environment

N/A

Propagation

By seeds.

Uses

Fruits are commonly eaten fresh or used to prepare juices and alcoholic drinks. The seed is also eaten as a nut. The fruits are also very popular with elephants, who can become inebriated after excessive consumption of them.

Native Range

Native to much of the African continent.

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