Which is more commonly cultivated? This article shares my findings. The reason I care is because the plants bear pretty yellow blossoms and red edible fruit. The English name Peanut-butter Plant is applied to at least four plant genera: Melianthus major leaf scent ; Clerodendrum trichotomum leaf scent , Glyptopleura marginata leaf flavor , and Bunchosia spp. It is only the latter that I write about here. The generic name Bunchosia dates from , when these plants were segregated from the genus Malpighia.
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Being a naturally small tree, reaching around 4 — 5 metres in height, and also easily pruned it is suited as a backyard fruit tree. Attractive yellow flowers, on an evergreen tree make this useful as a small ornamental tree as well. The fruit itself is small orange in colour, turning to red when ripe.
And when ripe the taste is sweet with a texture that is a little like peanut butter. The fruit can be eaten fresh, used in jams, smoothies and is sometimes dried. Care When in cultivation and trained to a small tree this is an easy care fruit tree given the following conditions. A fertile rich soil with added compost. A positioning full sun, however in areas with hot and dry summers, some protection from hot afternoon sun may be required.
Soil needs to be moist year round, however still well drained. Mulch around the plant to maintain a cool moist root run. Fertilise each spring with a top dressing of aged cow manure, compost, blood and bone or similar.
Harvesting Fruit will ripen off the tree so it can be harvested whilst still orange. It should turn red in a few days. Ripe fruit is very attractive to birds etc. Propagation is from seeds, also possible from cuttings.
Soil — Humus rich and moist.
Peanut Butter Fruit (Bunchosia armeniaca)