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Kit starts with ...
Anybody growing any of these in Australia?

Aegle marmelos
Bael Fruit

Akebia quinata
Chocolate Vine

Alibertia edulis
Marmelada Plum

Antidesma bunius
Bignay Fruit

Berberis gracilis
Mexican Barberry

Billardiera longiflora
Appleberry

Borojoa patinoi
Borojo Fruit

Dillenia indica
Elephant Apple

Diospyros lotus
Date Plum

Eugenia floribunda
Rumberry

Genipa americana
Genip Fruit

Grewia subinaequalis
Phalsa Fruit

Lycium barbarum
Wolfberry

Manilkara hexandra
Khirni Fruit

Myrciaria floribunda
Rum berry

Parmentiera cereifera
Candle Stick Tree

Phyllanthus emblica
Emblic Fruit

Prunus ilicifolia
Holly Leaf Cherry

Schinus molle
Pepper Tree

Sicana odorifera
Cassabanana fruit

Solanum aviculare
Kangaroo Apple

Solanum burbankii
Wonderberry

Spondias purpurea
Spanish Plum

Terminalia catappa
Tropical Almond
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Kit
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3rd September 2009 7:19pm
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Jantina says...
Wow Kit your my edibles looks fantastic. Are you asking about the above plants because you want to grow them? We have some growing down here and they aren't hard to source. We have Schinus molle, Kangaroo apple,wolfberry,and Akebia quinata.Best of luck with your plans.
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Jantina
Mt. Gambier S.A.
3rd September 2009 7:32pm
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Kit says...
Thanks Jantina

Im setting up a food forest on 4 acres...always interested in planting anything I havent got....wonder how they would go in my sub-tropical climate? Glad to hear they are available in Oz. I will try and source them. Thank you !!
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Kit
Queensland
3rd September 2009 7:45pm
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amanda says...
Hi Kit - amazing list! Watch out for the Schinus molle - it's actually a weed...is ok here - too dry to set seed...but would need to b watched if u are in a wet area - same with wolf berry.
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Geraldton. WA
4th September 2009 10:27am
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Violet_Cactus says...
Kit, you mentioned Myrciaria floribunda. I would love to try growing this in Melbourne. Do you have a source for plants or seeds?
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VioletCactus1
Melbourne
26th January 2010 1:00am
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Mitch says...
Billardiera longiflora
Appleberry

This grow's around my place!!! Like little sausages hanging from a nice Vine. You can dry out the fruit's and they taste like Apricot I will try get you some seed!
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Mitch says...
EDIT for above post. Billardiera scandens
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Violet_Cactus says...
I have an Appleberry growing, too. I bought it from Isabell Shipard.
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Melbourne
26th January 2010 9:39pm
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MAJBOOT says...
Kit, Did you happen to find the first one Bael fruit...I am desperately looking to plant one of those for me self.
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MAJBOOT
MELBOURNE
30th January 2010 8:54am
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Mitch says...
Majboot I ordered some Bael seeds from Tradewinds but Aqis withheld them on arrival!
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Speedy says...
Just a quick look over your list and I know that most of them are in Aust.
Though I'm not sure about the Alibertia edulis or the Berberis mexicana.

Yeah, I bought some Belli (Aegle marmelos) seeds back from Sri Lanka about 10yrs ago and they were siezed by AQIS when I declared
them along with Divul (Limonia acidissima) seeds.

I wasn't sure if they were allowed, but kind of wasn't surprised that they weren't as they're in the Rutaceae family,
so it may be that they're too closely related to Citrus spp. and therefore may share some of the same diseases.
Most of the other seeds were allowed though.

They're both in Aust. somewhere anyway.
I've read somewhere that Aegle marmelos is graft compatible with some Citrus rootstocks but I've not put it to the test.
If I find a Belli tree , I'll grab some buds and try it.

I think some Berberis spp. may be hosts to Rust diseases that affect wheat so it may be a prohibited import also.
I may be wrong there so you might have to check.
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Liz says...
Could I contact Mitch about sending me some fresh Billardiera scandens seed. I've tried to source plants from around Brisbane and Ipswich with no success.
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Ipswich
31st August 2011 8:54am
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allybanana says...
Diospyros lotus is used as a rootstock by flemings. Also there is another commercial persimmon tree producer that produces the fuyus you find in most commercial nurseries, they use date plum rootstock. This combination is long term incompatible and you often see suckers growing up from the rootstock.

We have a big male growing on farm in canberra from rootstock. Unfortunately one needs both male and female trees to get fruit.
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Eden
9th September 2011 3:26am
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micarle says...
Hey sorry Liz just spotted your post! Haven't been around much of late! I'll see what i can do in regards to seed!!! Mitch
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Kurrajong Heights, NSW
9th September 2011 7:58am
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M Nash says...
There is a giant Elephant Apple at the front entry of Murwillumbah hospital, with signes to warn of dropping fruit
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MNash1
Terranora Northern NSW
9th September 2011 5:52pm
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Jeff Middleton says...
I am growing borojó in Cairns that I obtained from a friend who brought back seed from Ecuador. I have about a dozen 2-3 m trees. The male trees flowered pretty quickly at about 1 year old. The females flowered after 2-3 years but the newly formed fruits dropped off sadly. I will be selling seed once they have successfully fruited.

Don't plant Bael fruit (Indian Quince). It is exceptionally spiky and possesses thorns that are like weapons for midgets. The fruit has a hard rind and isn't very tasty. Another potential weed we don't need in Australia.
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Trikus says...
Alibertia edulis
Marmelada Plum
1s being grown. I got a fruit and enjoyed the taste [ much like Bael ] And have seedlings going now.
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Jilly Bean says...
Akebia quinata (Chocolate Vine)
I have grown a common-or-garden potato vine for some years now but was surprised to discover this in flower right in the middle of it. Not knowing what it was, I sent a pic to the Uni of Tasmania and the respondent said he had never seen one and they are uncommon. I love the gorgeous flowers but I read that they are very invasive and can smother other plants in their area - so my potato vine might have met its match! I have no idea where it has come from and can only assume it's a 'present' from a passing bird! Usually their 'droppings' land on our car, but this one has taken root!
They are supposed to have a very sweet scent but I couldn't smell anything - not that my sense of smell is that good anyway! Also that you can eat the seed pods but you need 2 plants to cross-pollinate.
I'd be very wary of sending seeds anywhere seeing as these are classified as 'invasive'.....
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