A sub tropical tree, grown both as an ornamental tree as well as a bush tucker plant, Diploglottis australis is commonly called the Native Tamarind.
As an ornamental tree it is grown for the attractive foliage, it will also attract birds into the garden when in flower and when fruiting.
This is a tree that is best grown in a shaded semi protected position in a humus rich, moist but well drained soil.
Extra protection from sun and drying winds will required for young plants.
Consider digging some well rotted compost and aged cow manure before planting. Water in well with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
The fruit can be collected and used to make jams and chutneys. If you can pick it before the birds get to it. The fruit itself is described as on the sour side yet pleasant to eat.
- Botanical Name – Diploglottis australis
- Common Name – Native Tamarind
- Position – Part sun to afternoon shade.
- Soil – Well drained and moist.
- Height – To around 10m plus.
- Growth Rate – Slow.
- Width – To around 6m
- Foliage – Deep green.
- Flowers – Yellow followed by orange fruit.
- Flowering time – Spring
- Frost tolerant – No
- Drought tolerant – Medium
- Propagation – From seeds or cuttings.