An interesting medium sized shrub with leathery leaves, bearing clusters of small edible berries in summer to early autumn. The berries are red at mid ripening, and turn darker at full ripeness, which is when the birds will also help themselves to your fruit. They can be eaten raw or used in cooking. Grows in full sun to dappled shade. While it originates in tropical areas, it can withstand light frost, but will perform best in warmer climates and in full sun. Likes well drained but moist soil, added organic matter will help growth. New growth is an attractive red, can be used for informal hedging.
|Scientific Name:||Antidesma erostre|
|Plant Type:||Large shrub|
|Height:||2 ~ 5 metres|
|Width:||2 ~ 2.5 metres|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Container growing|
|Climate Zone:||Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Decorative fruit|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Seed eating birds, Other insects|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.