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Wallaby Apple Orange Thorn Pittosporum Spinescens Seeds
Packet of 50+ locally wildharvested seeds!
This fella is a native bushtucker species that provides an edible marmalade tasting fruit.
It is also sold on a huge scale in the US and UK as an ornamental under the now invalid synonums Citriobatus spinescens, Citriobatus pauciflorus, and Citriobatus multiflorus.
It was also once known as Citriobatus javanicus, Citriobatus megacarpus, Citriobatus multiflorus, Citriobatus multiflorus var. intermedius, Pittosporum multiflorum, Pittosporum spinescens, Ixiosporum spinescens, and it is also commonly known as large fruited orange thorn, or apple thorn.
It is native to NSW, QLD, WA, New Guinea, Malesia, and they produce a crazy amount of fruit with mature plants bearing thousands.
If any of you folks want to attract birds and wildlife, then this is the plant to grow.
Just walking over to a bush and standing still for 5mins or so I often see 3 or 4 birds nests hidden in the branches, many types of little finches, larger stuff like parrots actively feeding on the fruit , and a multitude of other birds that feed on the grubs in damaged fruit scratching around in the ground, or peering though looking for insects hiding in the branches.
Bearded dragons, Tommy round headed dragons, skinks and geckos love to perch on the lower branches and if I was David Attenborough and wanted to get a heap of local wildlife footage, the base of one of these is where I would set up the camera.
If you are removing lantana or blackberry, and want a native that provides cover for the critters, and a feed for you, then this is the perfect species to replace the weeds with.
It can easily be pruned into tight hedges, and it does great in pots, or even as bonsai.
The fruit ripens orange, and has a mild citrus resinous marmalade sort of flavour but lots of seeds.
It handles frost once established and apparently the Canberra botanic gardens has a few.
Yeah, its hardy, tasty, easy to hedge and prune to whatever shape you want.
It’s native, provides habitat for the critters, looks far better than my dodgy pictures shows, and it produces masses of white flowers followed by masses of fruit.
Unlike many heavy bearing species the fruit dehydrate and dry out as they decompose, meaning no funky odors or fruit fly issues. I think the citrus type oils in the skin are an insect repellent of sorts as I only ever see a couple types of grub and they seem to be specific to just this fella?
Anyway, you should buy some and have a crack at it, if not for you, then just plant some for the critters!
Wildharvested or grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems no nasties no problems!!!