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ELAEOCARPUS reticulatus | Blueberry Ash

ELAEOCARPUS reticulatus - Blueberry Ash

Bush Food

SKU: N 33.
Stock: In Stock

Family: Elaeocarpaceae
Characteristics: Tree 7 m spread 3 m

Seed per packet: Approx. 15
Seed per gram:
 Approx. 5

$4.80 AUD Excl. GST

A very attractive flowering tree with masses of small white or pink fringed bell-shaped flowers that occur in summer.
The flowers are followed by colourful blueberries, which are retained on the plant for long periods.
The indigenous Australians used the juice of the ripe berries medicinally for boils and sea ulcers. Blueberry Ash can also be used as a bush food tea and the ripe berries are eaten straight from the tree. They can also be crushed and made into jams.

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

Native to New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, and Victoria.
Prefers heavy moist soil in a protected sunny position, drought, and frost tender.

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 medicine. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need preparation before they are safe to eat or use in any way. 

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The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 22-24°C for this species.

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

Soak the seed for 7 days changing the water daily to remove inhibitors.
Sow seed 1cm deep
Place in a warm shaded or semi-shaded position to avoid dying out.
Keep warm & moist, and avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
Germination can be slow and take several months to a year or more to occur under natural conditions.

The seed will also germinate successfully in the compost pile, providing it is kept moist and retains heat. Simply cover the compost with a damp hessian bag and keep warm and moist.

Please note:
These growth notes are provided as guidance only and do not guarantee successful germination.

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