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Botanical Name: Santalum acuminatum

Widely dispersed throughout the central deserts of Australia, the species and its fruit are refered to as quandong, one of our best known bush foods.  The tree is a hemi-parasite requiring macro-nutrients from roots of hosts.  The host should be surface rooted, evergreen, water storing, nutrient storing and with a high osmotic pressure.  Olives, accacias and most Australian natives are good.  Eucalytpus, conifers and citrus are not suitable hosts.  The more trees and shrubs and groundcovers you have in your yard as host plants the happier the Santalum will be.    Drought and salt tolerant.  Host plant - Myoporum parvifolium.

Known as the sweet quandong the flavour is tart and reminiscent of peach, apricot or rhubarb.

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Plant Information or Specifications

Preferred Climate

Arid (Dry), Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)


Plants required to Pollinate

2 compatible plants (Pollination Required)
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Can it Handle Frosts?


Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Water Requirements

Moderate Watering


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