The dune soapberry is an evergreen, rounded canopy tree which can grow up to 9m tall. It is a dominant species of coastal areas, dune bush, woodlands and along streams in Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
Leaves are alternate, compound and large, they are about 300-500 mm long. The leaves either have a few hairs or are hairless. Deinbollia oblongifolia’s bark is smooth greyish green on young branches becoming grey-brown on older branches. Produces a large number of flowers borne at the tips of branches. The berry-like, fleshy, pale yellow to yellowish orange fruits are produced from July to October. These berries remain on the tree for up to 10 weeks thereby attracting birds and butterflies for a longer period into the garden.
Its long clear stems, shiny leaves clustered at the top of the crown makes this tree a very beautiful specimen plant. Its non-aggressive root system and slow growth habit makes it suitable for the small garden. This tree is cold hardy, shade and drought tolerant as well. The dune soapberry is also ideal as a good container plant for indoors.