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Australian Botanic Garden




Austromyrtus dulcis

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - December

Common name midgen berry
Scientific name Austromyrtus dulcis
Family  Myrtaceae
Etymology

Genus: Latin austro, south; Greek myrtos, the myrtle.

Species: Latin dulcis, sweet tasting.

Distribution South-eastern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales.
Native habitat Often growing in thickets on sandy soil.
Description A low spreading shrub. In spring, the new growth is pink with silky white hairs followed by pretty cream flowers.
Flowering/fruiting Flowers in summer and produces small edible fruits which have an aromatic flavour.

Location in Garden

You can see this species in the Fruit Loop.

 

In your garden it is quite adaptable to a variety of soils and prefers a situation with part sun to dappled shade. It can be used as a low informal hedge or to edge paths.

The fruit can be made into jam.

 

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Austromyrtus dulcis