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|
|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|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Special Features:||Edible, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Fast growing|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
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