Kunzea pomifera – Muntrie

This gorgeous plant produces a delicious bush food fruit with great potential. The fruits of the muntrie plant are small green and red berries that have the flavour of spicy apples and much higher antioxidant levels than blueberries!
It is quite an easy and attractive plant to grow, it forms a groundcover in the wild but you can also trellis the plant for easier harvesting. Great groundcover for coastal areas, also suppresses weeds. It will grow in most soils, including sand and clay. Tolerant of drought, frost and lime soils. Produces an abundance of white flowers in spring, followed by berries in late summer/early autumn. The berries can be ripe even when green. The plant is pollinated by insects, so planting other spring flowering plants around will help with pollination.

Pictures provided by Philip Clarke, from his new book Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use: Journeys of an Australian Anthropologist

 

Scientific Name:Kunzea pomifera
Family:Myrtaceae
Common Name:Muntrie
Other Common Names:Munthari, Emu Apple
Plant Type:Small shrub, Ground cover
Height:0.3 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:2 ~ 5 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Flower garden, Cold climate, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant
Special Uses:Edible, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.

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