What we call the Native Guava has the traditional name of Bolwarra and the Botanical Name of Eupomatia laurina.
A large spreading shrub with attractive new coppery green foliage in winter it also gets the name of Copper Laurel, and the fragrant flowers give it another name of Scented Laurel.
This is a plant from the tropical rainforests of northern Queensland and New Guinea. Traditionally it is used as a bush food with the edible fruits being sweet and creamy in texture.
You can eat the fruit fresh, however it is more widely used to make jams and is also used in stews and other meals.
The berries or fruits are picked when they come soft, and if you don’y mind the small seeds you can eat them straight from the tree.
The foliage is that wonderful coppery colour in summer, turning to more green in winter.
How to Grow Eupomatia laurina
- This is a plant that like moisture so choose an appropriate position and soil.
- It will grow in cooler climates and does well as far south as Melbourne.
- A position where the plant is protected from hot afternoon sun is best.
- Mulch around the plant to maintain a cool moist root run.
- Botanical Name – Eupomatia laurina
- Common Name – Bolwarra or Native Guava
- Family – Eupomatiaceae
- Position – Full sun to dappled shade.
- Soil – Damp and humus rich, best in pond margins.
- Height – 4-5m
- Spread – To 2-3.
- Foliage – Mid green on tall stems.
- Flowers – Cream to White
- Flowering Time – Summer
- Drought tolerant – No
- Frost tolerant – No