Tasmannia lanceolata – Tasmanian Pepperberry

A handsome large shrub to small tree, native to Tasmania, and a great bushfood plant. It has cream to pale yellow flowers in summer followed by the peppery berries which ripen in autumn, and are very good for flavouring for savoury dishes and drinks. The berries have sweet fruity notes as well as the distinctive pepper flavour. The leaves can also be used, and both berries and leaves have good antimicrobial properties.

Grows best in acidic, moist and well-drained soils. Likes partly shaded sheltered spots as it dislikes hot sun, It has separate male and female plants, so both of these will need to be grown to get the berries. It has leathery green leaves, younger stems are an attractive red. It can be pruned to form a dense bush.

Scientific Name:Tasmannia lanceolata
Common Name:Tasmanian Pepperberry
Other Common Names:Mountain Pepper
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:2 ~ 10 metres
Width:2 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:Cream, Yellow
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Container growing, Cold climate
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Cool
Light:Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Special Features:Edible
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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