This is a small evergreen tree of some architectural value
of it's very large lobed leaves.
It has an open, rounded or dome-shaped crown and the leaves and
stems often bear thorns.
Large flowers are produced continuously in short inflorescences and
are deep violet when they first open,
but fade to white in a few days.
Each inflorescence therefore will have flowers of several shades and
is extremely attractive.
Fruits are produced freely and propagation is easy from seeds.
The fruits are about the size of a tomato and are yellow to orange
when became ripe,
but inedible as they are full with a large number of hard seeds.