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ELAEOCARPUS reticulatus

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Blueberry Ash

Family: Elaeocarpaceae

Characteristics: Tree 7 m spread 3 m

Seeds per packet: 5

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A very attractive flowering tree with masses of small white fringed bell-shaped flowers that occur in summer. The flowers are followed by colourful blue berries.

The flowers are followed by globular shaped blue fruits which are retained on the plant for long periods. The fruits are not regarded as palatable.

The most commonly grown member of the genus and is popular for its size.

Native to New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria.

Prefers a heavy moist soil in a protected sunny position, drought and frost tender.

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 for this species.

Filing or cutting the seed to expose a small part of the embryo with assist in the uptake of moisture  giving faster germination. Care must be taken not to damage the embryo is this method is undertaken.

  1. Soak seed for 3-4 days changing water daily to remove inhibitors.
  2. Sow seed 3mm deep.
  3. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  4. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  5. Germination can be slow and take several months to a year or more to occur under natural conditions.

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.


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