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Characteristics: Shrub to 2 m spread 1.5 m
Seeds per packet: 20
An evergreen shrub, it grows to 3m. high with a spread of 1.5m. Shiny red fruits 7mm long 5mm across that are edible, sweet and juicy. The early settlers in Australia used the fruit in puddings.
Indigenous to New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Suited to subalpine climates.
Adaptable to most soils in a protected partially shaded position, drought and frost resistant.
Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms we recommend you research these before using them as any form of food or medicines. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need prepared before they are safe to eat or use in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. It is the purchaser responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.