Cryptocarya obovata (LAURACEAE) Pepperberry

Plants to Plant

Medium to large tree to 40 m from Gympie and Bunya Mountains in Queensland to Port Stephens, NSW, in subtropical rainforest, dry rainforest and along moist scrubby watercourses. Often buttressed at base, bark brown, more or less smooth, young growth hairy. Leaves are simple, alternate with blade dark green above, greyish white and downy below, variable in shape and size, oblong to ovate up to 13 cm long. Flowers in rusty cream panicles from leaf axil or terminal in February to March. Fruit is a black, globular drupe, up to 1 cm in diameter. One seed. Ripe March to October. Seed should be sown fresh and germinates easily.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Flowers and Young Fruit

Suitable for large gardens or parks and the species grows well in a wide range of conditions but prefers moist sites. Fruit is relished by birds. Host plant for the Blue Triangle and common Red-eye butterflys.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Large Leaves on Juvenile

Also known as White Walnut, Purple Laurel, White Sycamore, Flindosa, Myndee, Pepperberry of Killarney.

Photo: Robert Whyte