Q& A WITH JULIE

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - Garden -

Hi Julie, could you help with the name of this tree/shrub? It’s grow­ing in my neigh­bour’s yard. They have small chil­dren and want to know its name and if it’s poi­son or not as they have re­cently bought the house and are not from North Queens­land. I think I have no­ticed the fruit will ripen to an or­ange colour. Many thanks, Bev from An­nan­dale.

This ap­pears to be a Na­tive Brown Gar­de­nia (Atrac­to­car­pus fitza­lanii) that grows to a bushy shrub or small tree to about 5m tall. The 8cm di­am­e­ter fruit ripens to a dull yel­low­ish colour and ap­par­ently the flesh in­side the hard outer coat­ing is quite edi­ble and de­li­cious – but I have never tried it.

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