This colorful tree can sometimes reach a height of 30 ft (9 m) but
is more commonly seen as a spreading shrub of about 10 ft (3 m) or
The pink and white flowers are borne throughout the year,
overlapping with the clusters of bristly red fruit that persist on
the branches long after they have released their seeds.
Cultivation: Propagation is best from cuttings, as seed-grown plants
take longer to flower.The color is used for dying and food
Medical use: The dye contains vitamin C and is an ingredient in
making soap.It has herbal applications as an astringent, as a
febrifuge, as an antidysenteric and as an aphrodisiac.