Tall tree to 30m (often smaller) with yellow, delicately perfumed flowers Sept – Nov, also May.

Edible yellowish/green fruit, turning reddish/black when ripe in Apr – July.

A useful shade tree for larger gardens.

Propagate from fresh seed, removed from the flesh. Germination is slow, taking up to a year.

Ebible fruit. The trunk provides a home for spiders and insects. Fruit eaten by Topknot pigeons, currawongs and Wompoo fruit doves. The timber turns black and closely resembles ebony.

Host plant for larvae of Bright Forest-blue (Pseudodipsas cephenes).

Foliage (undersides) Photo: Robert Whyte

Fasciculosa from Latin “fasciculus”, a small bundle or packet, referring to the flowers and fruits being in clusters.

Other common names include: Grey persimmon/plum, clustered persimmon, ebony, longtom, black myrtle

Foliage (uppersides) Photo: Robert Whyte