Native to rainforest and vine thickets in tropical Australia to as far south as Bundaberg and spread into Asia this is an attractive small tree with tasty berries. Tiny white fragrant flowers are followed by small orange to pink juicy fruits that are sweet and honey flavoured with resinous overtones. Obviously related to the citrus family the foliage is glossy and aromatic. Perfect for use in a mixed screen or bush food garden the orange berry is also a host plant for the swallow tailed butterfly when the plant is young. Fruits make a delicious jam that taste similar to candied honey.
Plant Information or Specifications
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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)
Suitability in Pots
Yes with 35L+ Pot
Drought Hardy (Little Watering)
Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?
Can be pruned to 2m
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Question & Answer
Hi will the Orange Berry Tree grow in Kenthurst in Sydney. Postcode 2156, Sydney sandstone understorey position. From: CARLINGFORD NSW
Do you get frosts each year ? If so I would not recommend it because they are sensitive to frosts, They are not as frost hardy as normal oranges & mandarine trees and suit a more subtropical climate. Otherwise if you don't get many frosts yes it would be good to give it a go. #OrangeBerry1526
Customer Comments on Orange Berry
Glycosmis trifoliata is popular with SGAP members at Gladstone. Grows naturally in the area. | Neil Hoy - Rockhampton, QLD 05-Jun-2008
With lackadasical care the berries are rather bland, but turn to WOW with organic treatment of foliar sprays and organic matter worked into the soil. | Patti Mcgauley - Lakeland, FL 18-Jun-2008
I have 3 of them in Mackay, they are doing ok fruiting as a tiny bush 0.5 of a meter. pulp is beautiful best thing I have tasted, but skin itself is horrid taste and lingers in mouth. and a large seed, hope skin tastes better when tree larger. | Barry Parkins - Mackay, QLD 03-Apr-2014
We have had this species in the nursery for over 5 years now and they would stand at about 2 metres tall. Mostly grown in part shade. This year they have had a good crop of fruit and are very sweet with a slightly peppery aftertaste. | Morisset Nursery - Morisset, NSW 21-Apr-2014
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