Tasmannia purpurascens – Purple Pepperbush

An attractive small to medium sized shrub with glossy leaves on purple stems. It flowers in November with cream sprays of bloom which are followed by edible peppery purple berries in late summer. Male and female flowers occur on the same plant. The leaves are also somewhat peppery. It has a very restricted natural occurrence in warm temperate forest around the Barrington Tops, but is very suitable for gardens and edible produce. Frost tolerant.

Scientific Name:Tasmannia purpurascens
Common Name:Pepperbush
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 3 metre
Width:1 ~ 3 metre
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Container growing, Cold climate
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Cool
Light:Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Fragrant
Special Uses:Edible, Decorative fruit






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.