Collection: Tropical Fruit Trees

Gynura procumbens – Diabetes Plant, Plant of Longevity, Sambung & Insulin Plant

 Gynura procumbens. A reknowned reputation as a blood balancer. Reports are that if Diabetics eat 6-12 leaves a day they will no longer require insulin. Diabetes Plant is reputed to have other medicinal values like lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and inhibiting cancer cells. Diabetes Plant tastes fine and can be eaten raw, in smoothies, salads and stir fries. Good in a tea. Fast growing in all areas….fleshy leaved evergreen. Full sun light shade.

 NB Gynura procumbens contains asparaginase which is an enzyme that lowers acrylamides in the body….acrylamides are cancer causing substances.

Native Ginger 

Alpinia caerulea green form - Popular subtropical native for humid frost free gardens, the lush green leaves on long stems will add a fast jungle feeling to your garden. Blue berries following the white flowers are tasty snacks for visiting birds and mammals. Plant alongside the redback form for a variety of shades.

Fraser Island Apple 

Acronychia imperforata - Unusual native evergreen tree with dark glossy leaves, cream summer blossom, and clusters of golden mini-berries. Really happy by the coast and a waterwise plant for dry gardens. Attracts the blue tiger butterfly

Pixie - acerola

Malpighia Pixie - Usually grown for the vitamin C-rich red fruits, this dwarf selection is also desirable for the abundant bright pink windmill flowers that lure in birds and butterflies. It's a neat compact little shrub with so much going for it, it's bound to become a favourite.

Olive Kalamata A famous sweet black olive from Greece. Tree is slow-growing, taller and more slender than the Manzanillo, drought tolerant and happy in a big pot. Very popular gourmet variety. Better for colder regions than Manzanillo.

Olive Manzanillo

Heavy-cropping fleshy-fruited green or black Spanish olive. Ripens early. Tree is small, slow-growing, spreading, drought tolerant and happy in a big pot. The most popular variety for Australian gardens and plantations.

Pineapple Pure Gold

Juicy! Grow your own juicy tropical fruit in a tub or garden border. All you need is sunshine, free draining soil, and a little patience. Fruit should develop in 12-18 months. 

APPEARANCE: Rosette of long slender toothed leaves, grows a central stalk which bears a large golden spiny fruit on top. This variety 73-50 is the edible one you'll find in all supermarkets and greengrocers.

 USES: Ornamental and edible crop - harvest when ripe.

 PLANTING: Plant in free draining soil in pots or out in the garden in a warm, sunny, frost-free site, taking care to keep the crown above the soil. .

 CARE: Doesn't need much water or feeding unless the leaves turn reddish, in which case fertilise with an organic liquid feed mixed at half rate.

HEIGHT & WIDTH: 1m H x 1m W.

native gardenia

Randia fitzalanii - Subtropical large native shrub or evergreen tree with deliciously scented starry white flowers with a fragrance like gardenia. Plant where you can enjoy the scent as you sip a glass of wine in the evening. Australian native also known as yellow mangosteen. Clusters of small highly fragrant flowers above glossy evergreen foliage. Flowers in spring followed by large yellow-brown edible fruit which are ready to eat when soft. Plant in a partly shaded position in the garden. Prefers warm, moist conditions, grow as far south as Sydney. Mulch and water regularly until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks.

Wasabi Mazuma

Lush tropical herbaceous perennial with glossy evergreen foliage. White buds open into yellow flowers. Attractive garden plant grown for its edible tangy roots used in cooking and medicine. Well drained soil, plenty of cool water, filtered shade.

A delicious tropical tree that produces fruit with a brown sugar taste and the texture of a pear. This evergreen fruit bearer hails from the family of Sapotaceae in the genus of Manilkara with a calorie rich, easy-to-digest fruit. The sapodilla fruit is sand coloured with a skin similar to a kiwi but without the fuzz. The interior pulp is of young sapodilla fruit is white with a heavy concentration of sticky latex, called saponin. The saponin abates as the fruit ripens and the flesh subsequently turns brown. The inside of the fruit contains three to ten inedible seeds at the centre.

Tolerant of most conditions but prefers a sunny, warm, and frost free location in most any type of soil with good drainage. Tolerant of drought conditions, they can also take soil salinity. They need very little pruning and are mostly pest resistant. As long as the sapodilla tree is protected from frost and patience is in abundance for this slow grower, flavourful fruit shall be the reward from this tolerant specimen.

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