Tree to 30 m in margins of rainforest and disturbed rainforest.

Leaves simple, alternate, toothed, elliptic/ovate leaves with 3-4 cm petioles. Small white perfumed flowers in panicles in spring.

Sweet tasting, edible drupe, orange turning brown to 7 mm in summer. Atrractive to birds.

Excellent hardy shade tree for larger acreage and parks.

Ehretia after G. D. Ehret, 1708-1770, a distinguished German-born botanical artist; acuminata from Latin “acuminatus” drawn out or terminating very gradually into a long, narrow point, in reference to the leaf tip.

Germination rapid from fresh seed.

Timber suitable for flooring and cabinetwork. Fruit eaten by aborigines.

Photo: Robert Whyte