Black Plum, West African Plum
A small to medium-sized, dry deciduous tree to 25 m (80 ft.) tall, widespread in forests and savannas, often along watercourses and in wet localities to 2000 m (6600 ft.), throughout tropical Africa as well as on the Comores and Seychelles. The sweet, cherry-sized, blackish, edible fruits are very popular in Africa and are often found in local markets. Their juice can be fermented to produce a fruit wine. The young leaves are cooked as a vegetable. The lightweight, termite resistant wood is used in construction, for furniture and for a variety of other applications. The plant also has a number of uses in traditional medicine. Aside from being very useful, it is also a nice ornamental for the tropics in USDA Zones 10 and above. Germination is somewhat lengthy and may be aided by scarification and soaking.