Randia chartacea is one of a number of species known as the Native Gardenia, a small shrub which has attractive white perfumed flowers. A rainforest tree from tropical to sub tropical QLD. Some species are grown in Sydney gardens and some even further south, however frost is a problem and most Randia species grown further south than Sydney are in ‘micro climates’ that provide extra warmth and fredom from frosts.
The closely related Randia benthamiana is known as the Narrow Leaved Gardenia. Randia fitzalanii also known as ‘Native Gardenia’ or Yellow Mangosteen.
Try growing in a position in semi-shade and a humus rich moist soil, sheler from frost.
Species and varieties
Randia Fitzalanii, (syn Atractocarpus fitzalanii) is the Native Gardenia or yellow mangosteen, it is a rainforest understory tree from Queensland.
Evergreen with attractive glossy green foliage the fragrant creamy white flowers in early summer have a perfume similar to that of the gardenia. Flowers are followed by an edible fruit. The fruit resembles that of the mangosteen.
In warmer climates it makes an excellent small shade tree, reaching around 6-8m. Although seen as a tropical plant it does grow well in protected positions to Sydney, and in Melbourne, problematical, but maybe in warm courtyards