A small, rounded, sometimes deciduous bush tree with stiff slender branches which can be spiny, red-brown bark turning to grey and beautiful deep orange flowers that bloom over an extended period. The round, orange fruit has a leathery skin surrounding chambers with many seeds covered with a red-juiced transparent pulp. It is eaten fresh and used to make juice or jelly. The rind of the unripe fruit, as well as the flowers, yields a dye. Propagated by cutting or seed (not true to seed).