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Billardiera scandens - Sm.

Common Name Common Appleberry
Family Pittosporaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats By mountain streams or scrub country in forests, by coasts and on tablelands[154].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Billardiera scandens Common Appleberry


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Billardiera scandens is an evergreen Climber growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf 12-Jan. 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: acid soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

By South Wall;  By West Wall;  Dappled Shade;  Walls;  Woodland Garden.

By mountain streams or scrub country in forests, by coasts and on tablelands[154].

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[105, 154]. Unripe fruits can be roasted[193]. A pleasant sub-acid flavour akin to dried apples[2, 144]. Tastes like kiwi fruits (Actinidia deliciosa)[193]. The fruits are up to 2.5cm long[193].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a moist, well-drained, humus-rich, lime-free soil in sun or semi-shade with a cool root run[200]. This species usually requires greenhouse protection in Britain[1], but plants can succeed outdoors on a wall in mild areas of the country[166]. They tolerate temperatures down to at least -7°c[157] in Australian gardens but this cannot be translated directly to British gardens because of our cooler summers and longer, colder and wetter winters.

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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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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