White, non browning fleshed variety requiring only 225 hours chill. A freestone peach with round, medium to large, creamy white flesh and outstanding flavour. Highly resistant to bacterial spot. Ripens November to December
This popular Asian cooking ingredient is a tropical member of the sedge family. These nutritious underground corms reaching up to 4cm in diameter have an appealing crisp nut like texture. They can be cooked as a vegetable offering a contrasting texture to many dishes or they can deliver their sweetness and juiciness prepared fresh and raw or lightly steamed or sauteed for salads Water chestnuts can be grown in a pond of a container, an old bathtub or a salvaged water tank cut in half are ideal options. Plant the corms in spring, about 5cm deep into friable soil preferably rich in organic mat
Stunning flowers in shades of red, orange, purple, green and white that are flecked, striped and streaked with darker colour make these a beautiful lily in the garden and a lovely cut flower. Long-lived perennials, they prefer a morning sun position with at least 6 hours of sun, good drainage and plenty of moisture.
Excellent quality large fruit. Very low chill requirements and self-pollinating. A tough and vigorous bush. It has grown well in both sandy soils and heavier loams. The fruit has a wet scar, and is likely to become soft during very hot weather, meaning that it needs to be harvested frequently to overcome this.
A staple crops throughout Asia and the Pacific. The delicious small tuber can substitute potato in almost any dish. Its heart-shaped leaves make for an attractive plant that grows well in shade and sun. Prefers moist soil.
One of the most highly valued pomegranates in the world, thanks to its extraordinary flavour and high antioxidant, vitamin and mineral content. Elche comes from the Spanish city of the same name. Elche Pomegranates have to be picked at just the right time: Not too early because, once picked, pomegranates halt the ripening process immediately, and also not too late because they are then at risk of bursting.
A northern high bush variety that is only suited to cooler areas as it has high chilling requirements.Fruit is very large and round, medium blue with red around stem end when ripe. Great as fresh eating berry. Early season ripening over about 7 weeks.
This mulberry has a very low chill factor making it ideal for our subtropical climate. Pruning after fruiting allows it to be kept under 3mtrs, and also encourages multiply cropping throughout the summer. It is best to pick the fruit when ripe, as it doesn't ripen further off the tree. A benefit of a mulberry tree is that the fruit ripens over an extended period of time unlike other fruit that often ripens all at once. The fruits of the black mulberry, considered the tastiest and most versatile of the mulberries are large and juicy with a good balance of sweetness and tartness. The fruit of
A large, deep purple-red fruit. Flesh is deep crimson in colour, very sweet, juicy and of a delicious vinous flavour. Seeds not very hard. Good for juicing and eating out of hand. Plant is vigorous and productive. Best commercial variety in California.
The trumpet-shaped blooms are in season year-round, provided they are given enough light and water, and are a popular component of bridal bouquets. It is a vigorous climber, tough-stemmed, bearing dark green leathery leaves, which grow in pairs at regular intervals along the vine. It grows best in sunny, tropical conditions, or inside. They can grow from 2-;6 meters, and are widely cultivated as garden plants. They can flourish for years, grown indoors on a sunny windowsill. They can be moved outside or into a greenhouse during the summer.
A magnificent salmon coloured flowering grevillea. A hybrid between QLD Grev. banksii and WA Grev. bipinnatifoda. Flowers open in succession giving a long flowering time. Grows to 2mtrs and is moderately frost hardy.
An outstanding small tree that prefers warm conditions and some shade. The sour purple fruits have bright red flesh that makes excellent jam. Davidsonia jerseyana is the southern form, it fruits in the summer months and is generally a smaller plant than the northern Davidsonia pruriens. The fruit form on the trunk of the tree and it is striking in full fruit.
This is a large spreading strangling fig with a dense shady crown. It is an excellent bird attracting tree. Food source for rare and endangered 'Coxens Fig Parrot' and 'Wompoo Fruit Dove'. Perfect specimen for Bonsai or container plant.
A mild chilli which has a sweet taste. Yellow Cayenne chillies are ideal in Asian dishes and can be used for pickling. Chillies are long capsicum like up to 100mm changing from green to yellow then red on full maturity.
Cross between the blackberry and the red raspberry. The long cylindrical berry is a delightful dusky purple-red when ripe. The aromatic fruit becomes sweeter when sun-ripened and is delicious eaten fresh or used in preserves and desserts.
A non-invasive clumping type grass that does not produce viable seed. Excellent for erosion control as it produces a massive root system that grows straight down rather than out from the plant. It creates a sort of curtain beneath the soil, trapping sediment and slowing down the movement of water. Because the grass grows down instead of outward, it does not become invasive. The roots are very deep, so it’s best to decide carefully where to plant it because it is very hard to dig up.
Also known as the Horseradish tree or Tree of Life. Possibly one of the most useful trees in the world, it produces long green pods that have been compared to a cross between peanuts and asparagus. The peeled roots are used as a substitute for horseradish and the edible leaves make a highly nutritious vegetable. Claims are made that its tiny leaves contains 7 times the Vit C of oranges, 4 times the Vit A of Carrots, 4 times the Calcium of milk, 3 times the Potassium of Bananas, and 2 times the protein of yogurt. The roots have also been documented as useful in many folk remedies. It origina
A large lily that makes a great understory plant beneath eucalypts. Strap type leaves 2m long by 15cm wide. The white pleasantly perfumed flowers occur from November to March, are about 10cm across in clusters of 10-25.
A low chill flowering peach that has a mass of pink full flowers in late July. If no fruit is desired, prune hard after flowering or if fruit is desired prune hard after fruiting in November to get a heavy flowering the flowering Spring.
Native to southwest Africa, the Kei apple forms a very drought hardy and salt tolerant shrub or small tree. With its large thorns this dense shrub makes a perfect security fence. The plum sized golden fruit is aromatic. Very sweet and tastes very similar to an apricot but with a much higher juice content. They are an excellent plant to encourage bees as both honey bees and native bees love the flowers. Male and female trees are needed for pollination in order to set fruit if planting seedling trees, plant three or more to increase the chances of having both male and female trees.
A relative of the cherimoya this plant has its origins in tropical America. The fruit about 100mm in diameter has a creamy juicy and delicious flesh, according to some tasting like lemon meringue pie. Fruits within 4 years from seed. Seed selected from extremely sweet and flavoursome fruit with firm white flesh and few seeds.
Tiger Grass is well known for its similar look to bamboo, even though it is a giant clumping grass. It grows to around 3-4mtrs in height and cannot be trimmed shorter. It grows about 1m wide but can be planted closer than this for screening. Tiger Grass is fairly low maintenance and drought tolerant once established, though looks much better with regular water through dry periods.
Early maturing, firm dark orange skin and flesh, with very good flavour. Resistant to bacterial black spot. Botanically a peach but has apricot characteristics. Low chill and can be grown successfully in subtropics
Santorini tomato plants bear more fruit than ordinary tomato plants, matures earlier in the year, maintains its deep red colour with much greater consistency than other cherry tomatoes and requires no watering, an important attribute for Aegean islands, where water is often in short supply. And, of course, it tastes like a real tomato, unlike all those coloured cardboard varieties you find on the market.
The island of Santorini is rightly renowned for its dramatic setting. Volcanic flows and scatterings of ash mark the countryside with their strange shapes and intensity of colours
Jervis Gem is an attractive and hardy shrub that is well suited to coastal plantings as it is tolerant of salt sprays. It is adaptable to a wide range of soil types and responds well to pruning. Pretty pinky mauve flowers are produced throughout the year.
The leaves have a pleasant spicy cinnamon-like aroma and flavour. The attractive flowers are creamy coloured and star shaped, followed by star-like capsules. The cinnamon myrtle is well suited to the home garden. The tree is adaptable to a broad range of conditions and different soil types. Cinnamon myrtle is suitable for full-sun and semi-shade situations. The tree is tolerant of light frosts. Leaves can be harvested as sprigs for use in cooking. This is a specific selection for its flavouring qualities, and is the actual clonal variant that inspired the name “cinnamon myrtle” in the 19
Versatile plant used by Aboriginal people. The ginger tasting roots were eaten and the flesh from the bright blue fruit. This Red Coloured form is from Atherton Tablelands.The large leaves were thatched and used to make shelters and to wrap food for cooking.
A large tuber, sometimes reaching up to 3-4 kg. Taro a staple crops of the Pacific. The delicious tuber can substitute potato in almost any dish. Its heart-shaped leaves make for an attractive ornamental plant that grows well in both shade and sun. Prefers moist soil.
The easiest to grow of all onions, these onions are also known as Egyptian and top-setting onions. They grow in any soil with reasonable drainage, but if you want big fat bulbs then dig in compost and horse, cow or sheep manure a few weeks before planting. Grow from bulbs planted with just the top poking out of the soil, or from single bulbils planted just under the surface of the soil, in a position with full sun. Space plants about 40cm apart and they will grow to be about 60cm tall. Bulbs can be dug up about 5 months after planting. Save some bulbs for replanting or just replant the bulbi
a native of Japan where it is grown commercially for its delicious spring shoots and young flower buds produced in autumn. Myoga flower buds are used in soups, tempura, pickled and as a spice. Like most gingers it is an understory of forests and so grows best under some shade. It can get sunburned leaves which will reduce its vigor if grown in full sun. In winter the top growth dies back and it regenerates in spring from the underground rhizomes.
A dense mounded shrub with small leaves and delicate pink curled bottlebrush flowers that are produced sporadically all year. The small leaf makes it useful as a low growing hedge. The leaves are aromatic when crushed. Great for shrubberies or as a pot. A hardy plant for most soil types, likes full sun, can also be grown in dappled shade. Drought and frost tolerant once established. Regular watering will encourage flowering.
Australias most spectacular flowering rainforest tree with brilliant red flowers in mid spring. Superb shade tree and very hardy, will grow in most regions of Australia. Grafted trees will flower within 3 years and selected from a vibrant flowering selection.
Tall palm with a large crown of fan-shaped fronds. Massed cream flowers are followed by black fruits. Hardy in full sun and various soils, but needs plenty of water. Attractive indoor plant, although prickly.
A great choice for hotter climates with very little chill hours. It is often the first variety to hit the markets ripening a few weeks before other early blueberry varieties. The fruit is firm and the size is medium. Even though it fruits early it can often produce a second harvest later in the season although it's first time to fruit yields the best harvest. Best to mix with other varieties so that when this one is not fruiting another variety is.
Much more compact in growth habit than the King White Shahtoot. These delicious sweet fruits can reach 10cm in length. Ideal for back yards and we consider it a must have fruit tree for the back yard. The best way to eat mulberries is fresh from the tree but if some should make it to the kitchen bench they make excellent pies, jams, wines and sauces. Multiple crops are possible by pruning directly after your first crop. Suitable for most regions of Australia, although it can be susceptible to damage from late frosts. The red shahtoot is ideal for growing in pots and containers due to it smal
A dense mounded shrub with small leaves. The flowers are delicately curled and very attractive, to people, birds and insects.The small leaf makes it useful as a low growing hedge. Great for shrubberies or in a pot. Frost and drought tolerant. This plant can be neglected and will still keep growing, but with some extra attention will be a great garden performer.
A low spreading shrub with dainty foliage developing a reddish shade in colder climates. The white tea tree like flowers are followed by sweet edible mauve-white speckled berries. A very decorative ground cover.
A showy, narrow-growing small tree with masses of intense pink flowers in summer, highly ornamental bark and very good autumn colour. This is an adaptable and disease resistant plant suitable for a range of situations.
Deep red skin with firm yellow flesh that delicious eaten fresh. Clingstone. Low chill selection that pollinates with the Gulf Gold, Gulf Ruby and Gulf Blaze. Perfect for subtropical areas, coastal regions and frost free sites.
An edible Canna similar in appearance to its close relative the ornamental Cannas. Another of the Ancient Inca food crops, it was one of the first plants to have been domesticated in the Andean region. A popular crop in the market place in Peru and Ecuador. The large round red rhizomes can be eaten raw, cooked as you would a potato or used as a flour and thickening agent. Excellent carbohydrate, the starch is easily digested and is a promising food source. The young shoots can also be eaten as a green vegetable. The plant is easy to plant, to grow and to harvest. While the tubers multiply pr
This well-known showy plant is a member of the Borage and Forget-me-not tribe, Boraginaceae. A hardy perennial, its large leaves are rough and hairy all over. Comfrey thrives in almost any soil or situation, but does best in moist conditions. A useful plant it can be used with great success as a liquid manure, activator for compost heaps, a weed barrier or attractive understory plant.
The best Japanese variety so far, it has deep orange flesh, high flesh/seed ratio and very sweet flavour. Earliest variety to ripen. Thinning fruit will enhance fruit size. The Nagasakiwase often has 2 crops a year in the subtropics. The first crop in April / May then again in August. We have found by cincturing in summer, the August crop has a much larger crop and better fruit size.
This bright red cherry-like fruit has varying tastes during different stages in maturity. When fully ripe the fruit is juicy and aromatic with its acid content giving it a sweet acid apple-like flavour. The tree can produce a number or crops each year, making for quite a long harvest season. Our selection we grow is called the acerola Florida Sweet Cherry and is a pleasant eating variety that is not too sour. The most notable feature of Acerola Cherry is its very high Vitamin C content, once grown commercially just for its Vitamin C. The acerola is well suited to pot culture where it can be
Versatile plant used by Aboriginal people. The ginger tasting roots were eaten and the flesh from the bright blue fruit. This Red Coloured form is from Atherton Tablelands. The large leaves were thatched and used to make shelters and to wrap food for cooking.
Grafted elongated, large yellow skinned variety. Heavy cropping and very sweet. It is also a highly valued backyard tree in southern China. The fruits are highly aromatic and have a sweet tangy flavour.
Sunshine Blue has it all. This semi-dwarf, versatile semi-deciduous blueberry features showy hot pink flowers that fade to white in spring, yielding large crops of delicious berries. Sunshine Blue tolerates higher pH soils better than many other blueberries and it is self-fertile. It is is a Southern Highbush with the low chilling requirement of 150 hours makes it suitable for the subtropics, but we find it is surprisingly cold-hardy and a wonderful addition to patios and gardens in cooler areas.
A large vine of temperate subtropical rainforests. The vine attracts one of the largest and most spectacular butterflies the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly which is considered an endangered species. This is the only food source for the catterpillars of this butterfly and is essential for the survival of the species. Plants require support on which to climb, a trellis, a fence or over a stump.
A seedling selection that is similar to a canistel but the fruit tends to be moister and less mealy than a canistel. They also tend to split open at the top like a flower opening when they fruits are fully ripe. The tree is slow growing and easy to control, once established they are drought tolerant. Called Eggfruit due in part to the texture of the pulp being similar to the yolk of a hard-boiled egg but the flesh is sweet like caramel.
The small leaved lilly pilly or riberry produces masses of red pear shaped fruit. Mature trees can yield up to 80kg. The fruit exhibits a juicy but slightly acidic clove-like finish reminiscent of cinnamon. It is a very popular ingredient in wildfood dishes. Its handsome purple-red growth makes this lilly pilly one of the favourites.
The yellow finger lime has a beautiful bright yellow skin and very large juice vesicles inside. The balls of juice bubble out of the skin when the ripe fruits are cut in half. Use in chutneys, jams, marmalades, savoury sauces and refreshing drinks.
Medium / large fruit (4.8g). High yields. Ripens early. Excellent pickling fruit, green or black. Fruit is of excellent taste and texture. Fruit should be processed before it is fully ripe to retain flesh firmness. Origin:Spain. Not recommended for oil, as oil extraction can be difficult. Suggested cross-pollinators are Frantoio, Picual, UC13 and Arbequina
Similar to the Nam doc mai, but twice the size. It has elongated fruit of a consistent light yellow. This variety has excellent disease resistance and is a heavy cropper. Performs very well in south eastern Qld and the northern coast of NSW.
Very large table fruit (12g) with a small seed. These olive do need to be pickled with care and correctly in order for them to be delicious as they can be tough and fibrous if prepared incorrectly. They are pickled when green. The jumbo kalamata is not related to the Kalamata olive.
A slender and erect tree with cream coloured fragrant flowers. The fruit is round to oval and matures to a yellow-orange colour. The yellow flesh has a sweet earthy flavour and a meaty texture similar to a boiled egg. Seedling selection cropping in 4 years. Atzapotl is the Aztec name for the canistel. Atzamole is a dish which is like guacamole but with canistel.
This is the mildest and probably the sweetest guava of all. Fruits are 3cm in diameter yellow skinned with a sweet, aromatic, creamy flesh and numerous small seeds. Begins bearing when less than 1 meter high. Prolific bearer.
This low growing perennial herb gets its name from the mushroomy flavoured leaves. The leaves and stems are eaten raw in salads or they can be cooked as a green vegetable in stir fries. The leaves are rich in chlorophyll. Leaves contain 3% protein, they are also very high in calcium, a richer source than most foods.
A selection originating from north Qld. As the name suggests it is a superb quality fruit. Tends to be seedless if not cross pollinated. Heavy bearing. Also called 'Chocolate Pudding Fruit'. Delicious when eaten as a desert with cream and a touch of Rum or vanilla
This round fruit, although relatively little known has a rich aromatic and delicious flavour. The fruit is the size of an orange and has a dull green surface with perfectly textured pulp. The tough skin allows it to be handled easily and makes it resistant to insect attack. The seeds separate easily from the luscious perfectly textured pulp.
Star Anise Tree is a small to medium, rounded, evergreen tree with glossy foliage. Flowers are small and greenish white to pink or purple with a central boss of stamens which are followed by aromatic seed pods that open out into a star shape when ripe. The essential oil and the ground spice, star anise, are extracted from the brown pods and the seeds. The oil primarily contains anethole. The spice is used in Chinese and northern Vietnamese cooking and is one of the ingredients in five-spice powder. It can be used as a substitute for anise and is frequently used to flavour liqueurs such as Pe
This tall shrub or small tree flowers in its third year. It is often grown as a street tree or specimen where its sweetly scented cream flower spikes can be appreciated. Retains its compact shape when grown in full sun. Frost tender when young.
Shrub native to Asia produces small, orange-yellow flowers followed by fruits, 1cm in diameter produced in in open, branched clusters. The soft, fibrous flesh is greenish-white stained with purplish-red near the skin. The flavour is pleasantly acid, somewhat grape-like. The fruits are eaten fresh as dessert, are made into syrup, and extensively employed in the manufacture of soft drinks. After fruiting prune to keep to an attractive shrub to 2mts high.
Often called Rabbiteyes this is one of the hardiest of all the blueberries. Berries often form like grapes in thick clusters. This variety is often in the shops due to it's larger size and bigger harvest. It ripens in the middle or end of the blueberry harvesting season. It is self fertile but you can increase it's yield by planting it near other varieties. This variety is very well suited for the home orchard.
A long green skinned fruit with clear vesicles. Tasty Green fruits for a long season and has a delicious lime flavour. They are not as sour as Tahitian limes and may be eaten straight off the tree. A delicate but spikey rainforest tree that offers fruits with a distinctive citrus flavour to sweet or savoury dishes. The juicy cells, similar in appearance to caviar, are a delightful surprise in salad dressings.
This variety was selected by John Picone at Newrybar. He describes it as excellent quality and texture. Closely related to the Persimmon this attractive glossy foliaged tree produces a fruit often called the 'Chocolate Pudding Fruit'. Delicious when eaten as a desert with cream and a touch of Rum or vanilla
Medium-large to large blood orange variety with few to no seeds. Has the highest Vitamin C content than any other orange. One of the major blood orange varieties of the world. The distinctive color is a natural mutation and is due to the presence of anthocyanin, the same plant compound that is responsible for the color of pomegranates. The distinctive color requires a chilly winter to develop properly.
White, aromatic fleshed nectarine requiring 250 hours chill. Beautiful red skin and excellent quality fruit. Prune after fruiting in summer to encourage fruiting wood for next season. Thin fruit for good fruit size.
The abiu is a smooth, brilliant yellow fruit with sweet translucent flesh. It's delicious flavour is reminiscent of creme caramel and it is sometimes used to flavour ice cream and make other desserts. The fruit is considered a delicacy for those who can grow it successfully, and it thrives in warm subtropical and tropical conditions.
It is native to South America and can be found growing wild throughout much of Amazonia. In Brazil the pulp from the plant is used medicinally, to relieve coughs and bronchitis. Of course, most people love the fruit's flavour, which is enhanced when eaten slightl
This grafted variety has a sweet tangy aromatic flavour. Wampees are a handsome foliage evergreen tree grown for Summer ripe fruit with grape like flesh that hang in bunches. When grown on its own the fruit is seedless. Excellent tree for the subtropics and can be kept under 3 metres with pruning.
A spectacular flowering dwarf Golden Penda with trusses of bright golden yellow flowers in summer and autumn, highly attractive to birds. A great choice for a low growing hedge or screen, as the bronze new growth always looks beautiful. Grows to about 3-4m, making it perfect for small gardens, pots and containers.
Ovate shaped fruit with a green/yellow skin colour. Fruit weigh between 300 - 800 gms and sets regularly and heavy and can be consumed both as green and ripe fruit. One of the latest ripening varieties.
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.