Apple Berry – Billardiera scandens – Bush Tucker Food
Billardiera scandens with the common name of ‘Climbing apple berry’ is reputed to be used as a bush food, eaten fresh or dried like sultanas.
Growing as a small scrambling shrub, it is most common along the coast of New South Wales in the foothills. The new foliage has a soft velvety appearance, fruit is in the form of a small berry, small rounded and oblong.
Flowers are a greenish yellow, trumpet shaped and appearing from winter through to early summer. The berries follow. Found in all of the Eastern States of Australia Apple Berry or Billardiera scandens is a climbing plant or ground cover that has fruit that tastes a little like stewed apples when fully ripe and are used as a bush tucker food. The flowers are small cream and tubular.
Billardiera scandens are somewhat difficult to find in nurseries.
A humus rich moist soil in a shaded position that mimics the understory of a coastal rainforest area.
Only in colder areas (higher altitudes) does it grow well in full sun
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