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Billardiera cymosa - F.Muell.

Common Name Sweet Appleberry
Family Pittosporaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woodlands, mallees and coastal heaths[193], on sandy soils[154].
Range Australia - South Australia, Victoria.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Billardiera cymosa Sweet Appleberry


Billardiera cymosa Sweet Appleberry

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Billardiera cymosa is an evergreen Climber. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[144]. A delightful aniseed flavour[193]. The fruit is up to 1.5cm long[193].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a moist, well-drained, humus-rich, lime-free soil in sun or semi-shade with a cool root run[200]. Plants are hardy to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157] but this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer colder and wetter winters. They probably require greenhouse protection in Britain[1], though they may succeed outdoors in a selected area in the milder areas of this country. Mulching the roots in winter will provide extra protection for the plant and even if the top is cut back by the cold it might resprout from the base[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown in a warm greenhouse as soon as it is ripe. Only just cover the seed. Sow stored seed in early spring in a warm greenhouse. The germination of fresh seed is usually prolific, but stored seed can take a year to germinate[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 10 - 12cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Fair percentage. Layering.

Other Names

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AUSTRALASIA: Australia (South Australia, Victoria (west))

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Billardiera longifloraAppleberryClimber2.4 7-10 SLMSNM20 
Billardiera scandensCommon AppleberryClimber3.0 7-10  LMSNM20 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Author

F.Muell.

Botanical References

154200

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Readers comment

Chris Whitesman   Mon Oct 27 2008

This plant is attractive to sleepy lizards, blue tongues, etc. and is therefore a good choice if creating an Australian native garden to attract and feed native fauna.

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