Botanical Name: Pittosporum phylliraeoides
This drought hardy tree has a weeping appearance with long and slender leaves to 10cm. The fruit changes from green to yellow/orange when ripe splits open with red sticky seeds. Traditional medicinal uses: An infusion of the seeds, fruit pulp, leaves or wood was ingested for the relief of pain and cramps. Decoction of the fruits was drunk and applied for eczema. Bush medicine, for colds, cramps, itching. Seeds ground for flour. it is wise to be careful when harvesting Gumbi Gumbi leaves as some of the varieties are toxic and only a few have a good, aromatic taste and are beneficial.
Plant Information or Specifications
Warm Temperate, Cool Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
Drought Hardy (Little Watering)
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
Perfect Drainage (Sand/Volcanic)
April, May, June
Customer Comments on Gumbi Gumbi
my sister took it when diagnosed with cervical cancer. WEnt back to Drs several months later and no cancer was found. A friend also told me a friend of theirs was given a terminal diagnosis by doctors. She took Gumby Gumby and is now fine. | Julie McCullough - Rosedale, QLD 16-May-2018
Have one plant maybe 2 cm high in the Upper Mountains, seed grown. We are in cool climate yet it survived last winter in the ground. | Nicola Bludau - Katoomba, NSW 30-Dec-2018
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