The Orange Berry – Glycosmis trifoliata
Glycosmis trifoliata is known as the ‘Orange Berry’ however better described as the pink to orange berry.
It is native to Northern Australia and is also found through South East Asia.
Grown for the fruit which is sweet and juicy Glycosmis trifoliata or ‘Orange Berry’ is an evergreen shrub with glossy citrus like foliage.
Small white flowers (similar to citrus trees, and although they are related, the fruit does not give that indication.
The flowers are filled by small green fruit which turn to orange to pinky red berries. Very sweet and juicy and widely used as a bush food.
Fruiting period is long, although the heaviest time seems to be from spring through summer.
The ‘Orange Berry’ will grow well as far south as Coffs Harbour, further south, problematical.
Glycosmis pentaphylla – Also known as the Orange Berry as well as the Gin Berry. Reaches around 6m in height, often smaller. Also known as ‘Ban Nimbi’ and ‘Konchi’ in South East Asia where it also grows.
Propagation Easy from fresh seed if you can obtain it.
- Height – To 8m in height, usually 4m or less in cultivation.
- Spread – will reach 2 to 4m across over time.
- Growth rate – Slow Position – Full sun to a little afternoon shade.
- Soil – Humus rich moist and well drained. Soil should be allowed to dry a little between watering.
- Flowers – White, slightly perfumed.
- Flowering period – Main period is from spring to early summer.
- Best climate – Tropical to sub tropical.
- Frost tolerant – No
- Coastal conditions – Yes, second line.
Try the following nurseries and growers for Glycosmis trifoliata plants for sale.
Brush Turkey Enterprises – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee – email@example.com