Small to medium tree to 15 m. Common and abundant in littoral, riverine rainforest. Green, pale and slightly fragrant flowers Sept – Dec. Purplish/black fleshy drupe ripe Feb.

Attracts birds. Dense crown of dark green leaves.

Propagation from fresh seed, removed from the flesh. Germination is reliable and takes up to 2 months.

Fruit eaten by Topknot pigeon. Large tree in the wild and important for butterflies.

This specimen on Fish Creek opposite Romea St is distinctly hairy (var. pubescens).

Attractive small bushy tree for average sized gardens.

Foliage Photo: Robert Whyte

Hairy new growth

Recorded as host plant for Opodiphthera eucalypti (SATURNIIDAE) Emperor Gum Moth on the Australian caterpillars web site by Don Herbison-Evans and Stella Crossley.