A native plant that can be grown for the flowers or the fruit, Atractocarpus fitzalanii, (syn Randia fitzalanii) is commonly called both Native Gardenia and Yellow Mangosteen.
The flowers have an attractive perfume as they appear in spring, the fruit that follows are nut like, however with a soft sweet pulp. The fruit is used for making jams, it it used in salads and can also be eaten fresh
The foliage is attractive, which makes it a popular small to medium shade tree. The fruit contains multiple seeds, so growing for the fruit is probably for the enthusiast.
The actual taste of the fruit is variable, different plants have different tasting fruit, some better than others. Fruit from a good variety will be large with small seeds, it will also be sweet. Propagation has been from the better tasting plants by cuttings, rather than from seed.
Best grown in tropical to sub tropical climates this is a rainforest tree. It requires a humus rich moist yet well drained soil. The native gardenia can be grown further south as long as it is in a warm protected position, frost free and with adequate water over summer.
Protection from strong winds is recommended. We also suggest mulching around the plant and keeping the area beneath the tree weed free.
Additional water through dry summer periods may be required.
Pruning Atractocarpus fitzalanii
Pruning is generally not required except for the removal of dead or damaged branches, or to prune to size and shape.
- Botanical Name – Atractocarpus fitzalanii
- Common Names – Native Gardenia, Yellow Mangosteen.
- Position – Full sun to Part shade.
- Soil – Humus rich, moist and well drained.
- Height – Will reach around 8 metres, often less.
- Spread – Will spread to around 4 metres.
- Growth rate – Medium
- Foliage – Mid green, glossy and attractive.
- Flowers – White and star shaped.
- Flowering period – Spring
- Drought tolerant – Yes once established, better in moist soils.
- Frost tolerant – Light frost only.
Species and varieties
- Randia chartacea.
- Randia benthamiana.
The Native Gardenia is available for sale from the following participating Nurseries.
300 Oxley Drive Coombabah QLD 4216
Located on the north end of the Gold Coast at Runaway Bay. The 6 acre site is home to Queensland's biggest & best garden centre. Selling in volume direct to the public. Focus on top quality both in our plant & pot ranges.
473 Miles Platting Rd Rochedale Brisbane 4123
Specializing in fruit trees, including apple trees, citrus, avocado, mango, olive, macadamia, lychee, pawpaw and others. Also herbs and edibles.