Eupomatia laurina – Bolwarra

A spreading large shrub to small tree with large glossy green leaves and interesting cream flowers in spring and summer. The flowers have a sweet and fruity perfume, and are followed by edible fruit with a creamy pulp and many seeds like a guava. They are ripe when they are soft to squeeze, and can be eaten raw or made into jam and jellies. The fruit can also be dried and crushed to use as a flavouring.
It is a tropical to subtropical rainforest plant, but can easily be grown in any frost free area. It grows to around 3-8 metres tall, but some specimens can be larger still. It responds well to pruning if you wish to keep it to a smaller size, and can also be grown in a large tub or container which will also limit how tall it will grow. It can have more than one trunk, and the handsome glossy foliage will have red-bronze colouring in cooler weather. Grow in sun or shade, and does well in most soils. Mulch well to keep the soil moist and to deter weeds.
The bark was used for making fishing lines.

Scientific Name:Eupomatia laurina
Common Name:Bolwarra
Other Common Names:Native guava
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:3 ~ 8 metres
Width:2 ~ 5 metres
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Features:Edible, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Mammals

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