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 Features:Edible, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
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The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




The Native Shop – mail order


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