Tropical apricot

 
 

Tropical apricot is the product of a natural cross between koshum (D. abyssinica, native to Africa) and ketembilla (D. hebecarpa, native to Sri Lanka). It is planted for its fruit, which is seedless and tastes like apricot when fully ripe. It reach a height of 20 feet, with a rounded crown approximately the same width and several trunks a few inches in diameter. The long and hanging branches may have a few spines. The leaves are up to 3 inches long and are lustrous, with wavy margins. Flowers are about a quarter of an inch wide and appear individually or in small groups along the branches. Fruits are up to 1.5 inches wide. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The generic name derives from a Greek word meaning spear, probably in reference to the spines present in some species of the genus. The name of the first species refers to its geographic origin (Abyssinia is an old name for Ethiopia), while that of the second species means fuzzy fruit, in reference to the velvety surface of the fruit.


The photographed tree is north of the new Agricultural Science greenhouses and is the only representative of this hybrid in the campus.

 

Dovyalis abyssinica x D. hebecarpa (Salicaceae)