Austromyrtus tenuifolia – Midginberry

A delightful small to medium sized shrub, with numerous small white flowers in late spring to summer, which are followed up with small edible purple spotted white berries. It grows from 1 to 2 metres high, making it useful for informal low hedging. An adaptable plant for different conditions, from sun to part shade and most soil types. Naturally occurs near streams and damp spots around Sydney, so is good for temperate to subtropical areas. Tolerant of moderate frost, can survive dry spells but fruits best with good watering around budding and fruiting time. Pruning will help create a more dense growing plant.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Austromyrtus tenuifolia
Common Name:Midgenberry
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 2 metre
Width:1 metre
Flower Colour:White, Cream
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant
Special Uses:Edible, Decorative fruit, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Seed eating birds, Butterflies

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.