Billardiera scandens "Apple Dumplings"
Billardiera scandens, the Common Apple Berry or Apple Dumpling, is a member of the Pittosporaceae family.
Common Apple Berry is a slender climber. Stems may reach three metres in length. Leaves are linear-lanceolate, up to three centimetres long, glossy dark green with wavy margins. Juvenile shoots are very hairy. In open positions plants may develop into a small shrub 1.5 metres tall.
Flowers are two centimetres long, bell-shaped, greenish-yellow that have a purplish tinge as the blooms age. Spring is the main flowering period with sporadic flowers at other times.
The flowers are followed by sausage-shaped berries, two centimetres long by one centimetre wide. They turn yellow when ripe and are edible tasting of stewed apple.
B. scandens would make an attractive specimen grown in a hanging basket.
The Common Apple Berry occurs in every eastern state including Tasmania and South Australia.
Propagate from seed, which may take some time to germinate, and cuttings.
The genus is named after name J.J.H. de Labillardiere (1755-1834), a French Botanist and the species name is from the Latin scandere, meaning to climb.
B. scandens together with B. cymosa may be developed as a bush food.
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