This small tree of east Africa bears an edible plum like fruit. Although the trees may reach a height of 15 to 20 feet, they are usually lower and have several trunks, which arch away from the main axis and produce a number of short, thick, side branches. The trees are often used as landscape subjects because of their unusual form. The oblong dark-green leaves are leathery in texture and have white veins. They measure from 4 to 6 inches long (10 to 5 cm) by 1 to 2 inches wide (2.5 to 5 cm).
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