A gorgeous light climbing plant with decorative flowers and small, sweet edible fruits, which can be eaten raw or cooked. They have a sweet aniseed taste. Easy to grow in a small garden, it will grow to a shrub in an open setting, or a light climber if given something to climb on. Likes a sunny spot with medium to light well drained soils. It is frost hardy, but if the plant does become damaged from hard frost, it can be cut back and may resprout from the base. Drip irrigation is beneficial in dry times.
There are a few different colour forms, from white to red to blue flowers, and these can be cultivated from cuttings. Propagation is also from seed.
Picture provided by Philip Clarke, from his new book Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use: Journeys of an Australian Anthropologist
|Scientific Name:||Billardiera cymosa|
|Common Name:||Sweet Apple Berry|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub, Climber|
|Height:||1 ~ 2 metre|
|Width:||1 ~ 3 metre|
|Flower Colour:||White, Blue, Red, Purple|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Cold climate|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Open foliage, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Decorative fruit, Fast growing, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Seed eating birds, Lizards|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.