Elaeocarpus angustifolius – Blue Quandong

A handsome large rainforest tree, with pretty fringed cream flowers followed by useful shiny blue fruit. While it can grow to 50 metres tall in the tropics, it is somewhat smaller in cooler areas. Not for small gardens or anywhere near drains, as it has wide ranging buttress roots. The wood is useful, and the seeds are used for beads. The surrounding pulp is edible though sour and slightly bitter, it can be made into a paste when mixed with water.

Scientific Name:Elaeocarpus angustifolius
Common Name:Quandong
Other Common Names:Blue Quandong
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree
Height:8 ~ 50 metres
Width:3 ~ 5 metres
Flower Colour:White, Cream
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Winter
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, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Fragrant
Special Uses:Edible, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects






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.