Kangaroo apples

Kangaroo apples

Kangaroo Apple

Solanum aviculare fullscreen
An attractive small shrub with purple flowers, that are follow by bright orange to red fruits that are edible when fully ripe, but caution should be taken with them as they are poisonous when green. It gets its name from the shape of the lobed leaves which resemble the shape of a kangaroo foot. Found on rainforest margins, it makes an excellent pioneer. Kangaroo apple also make a good rootstock for grafting other solanums onto such as eggplants and tamarillos.


Specifications of Kangaroo Apple

Preferred Climate SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Dwarf (1/2 Normal Size), Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest First Year

Sun or Shade Part (Sun:50-80%), Shade (Sun:0-50%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months June, July, August, October, November, December

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Kangaroo Apple Reviews & Tips

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Maryanne Sansom
★★★★★ 5months ago

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Kangaroo Apple

Fruits generously for a long period over Summer/Autumn but seedlings are prolific after fruiting so care should be taken not to let it invade. Very attractive and quick growing.

Maryanne Sansom
★★★★★ 1y ago

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Kangaroo Apple

I grew 2 from tubes for the first time in the last blazing summer. Super fast growth to about 3m but get very leggy. Fruited heavily in first season - now have copious fruit again. Taste between citrus and tomato. Not ripe until nearly red.

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