Harpephyllum caffrum is a fairly hardy, large, evergreen tree that has attractive dark green foliage with unusual sickle shaped leaflets and the odd red leaf in the crown. This is a beautifully shaped tree that has non-aggressive roots. The small yellowish-green flowers are followed by bunches of fleshy, red berries that are relished by birds, monkeys and bushbabies. It is an important butterfly and moth host plant.
This is a lovely, shapely tree for gardens and makes a wonderful street tree. The bark is used for medicinal purposes and the wood used for furniture.