Chinese sweet plum or Sageretia theezans is a subtropical evergreen, native to China and Japan, often used in bonsai particularly throughout southern Asia.

Beautiful leaves of the sageretia

Sageretia have small, attractive, bright green, oval leaves and lovely leathery multi-coloured bark, not unlike Crepe Myrtle. The yellowish/ white flowers are very small and almost inconspicuous. Sageretia gets it common name from the small (1cm), edible blue fruit or drupe it produces. A semi-shaded position during summer is best but sageretia will tolerate full sun if not allowed to dry out. The rootball needs to be kept moist (not waterlogged) as sageretia will loose leaves and twigs, if allowed to desiccate and can easily die from lack of water.