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davewastech starts with ...
Does anybody know if Little Evodia (Melicope Rubra) will grow well as far south as Sydney?

From the photos on the net it looks like one of the most beautiful native shrubs.

Thanks for any answers. Cheers,
Dave
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18th January 2014 7:06pm
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Mike Tr says...
It was Evodiella muelleri before and they are striking trees when in flower and the pods have the strongest citrus aroma.In the wild they seem to be most common at mid altitudes but range up over 1000m.They should be ok in Sydney especially from seeds sourced from higher areas. They grow on the Atherton Tablelands in places that get regular frost.
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Linton says...
Yes, Little Evodia (Melicope Rubra)will definitely grow in Sydney.

I was growing them in the open in Melbourne where they did nothing for the first year but once established, grew about 3 feet in the second year.

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19th January 2014 9:54am
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davewastech says...
Thanks Linton and Mike. Good to know that they can grow in Melbourne. I haven't seen frost in the couple of years that I've been living in Sydney (I've heard frosts are rather rare in our area near Chatswood)

I'll plant one when I find one available.
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BJ says...
Such a gorgeous tree and the fruit looks very inviting. I took a drive up the sunshine coast and the big evodias line the highway and are in full flower now - very striking. There is an amazing little melicope planted as a street tree in a spot I drive by regularly and it is among the most beautiful of all trees I've ever seen.
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20th January 2014 10:30am
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davewastech says...
Yes, I wonder why they're not more common in Sydney.

I can't find one in the Sydney Botanic Gardens. (Maybe the RBG Syd's search engine just finds trees, as distinct from shrubs - it's at http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/TreesRBGDomain/ )
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21st January 2014 11:33am
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davewastech says...
Another question - I suppose in Sydney the only season suitable for moving Little Evodia from the pot to the ground would be spring? Has anybody tried this in the autumn in a climate like Sydney?

Thanks for all replies,
Dave
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MaryT says...
I plant trees and shrubs whenever I want in Sydney, davewastech. I lived near Chatswood for more than twenty years and never saw a frost. Dig a hole at least twice as big as the shrub, back fill it to the level so that the top of the pot is level with the ground then pack the soil back in around it. Water it in very very well and It will thank you.
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davewastech says...
Actually one more question - will Little Evodia flower properly in Sydney? Anybody seen one flowering? I worry that they may not do so well. But I love the look of them in Queensland.

Thanks,
Dave
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davewastech says...
Progress so far.

I bought several small tubestock Little Evodia from Daleys and planted Sept 2014, all in part sun (in Sydney). By now (Feb 2017) they are between 1m and 1.5m tall. One flowered a little bit this January, and I was very happy to see that! (that's the first to flower). They all got a little bit burnt on a recent hot day when it must have been about 40C, but nothing serious despite the unusually hot summer. They don't seem to mind the winters (frost-free here).

Looks promising for little evodia at least as far south as Sydney.
- Dave
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5th February 2017 5:21pm
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Guy_42 says...
We have 2 little evodias that we grew from seed from a previous one, and they flower after 3-4 years around Christmas time. We live in a frost-free part of Sydney. Their nuts have a lovely cardamom/citrussy aroma. Does anyone know if they are edible?
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davewastech says...
Hi Guy,
I don't know if the seeds are edible, but they taste pretty bad.
btw I planted 3 in 2014 in frost free Sydney and they have flowered every summer from 2017 to 2019 around Christmas, but only the tree in the wettest, shadiest spot is retaining its crop of nuts (so far). But that tree is the biggest of the 3.
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Mike Tr says...
Not edible and smaller than an apple seed
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Guy_42 says...
Sorry for the confusion - it was actually the pod, not the seeds that I was interested in. Try scratching a green one - it has a nice smell.
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Potty Bob 1 says...
Guy42 , I'm trying to find the same thing . Intensive research has come up with nothing on edability , have yet to see this fruit , my tree is small . Maybe the fruit is good for citrus oil maybe candied , maybe leaves for tea , other evodias are used for medicinal leaf tea ? But have nothing in aboriginal use or foraging , Only discussions on possibility same as here with nobody describing tasting it .
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Mike Tr says...
Very Citrussy,waxy and aromatic but not edible.Good for aroma related uses.
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