Top ten native plants. Native plant specialist Angus Stewart's top ten native Australian plants.
Fertilisers. Learn all about fertilisers, the different varieties and their applications.
Native grasses and friends. An exciting thing is happening in the world of Australian plants. Wild species that have tantalised gardeners in the past are now being improved to create a diverse palette of new varieties that offer all kinds of advantages. In particular, the necessity for water-wise, low maintenance gardens has inspired interest in plants that can be used as ground covers that will not only suppress weeds and erosion but also look fantastic.
External privacy screens. External privacy screens began to appear in Australian residential and commercial building during the 1950's and 1960's, as a direct result of high density living and higher incomes. For more information and some examples read this article.
Chocolate pudding fruit.
The Black sapote or chocolate pudding tree is an evergreen tree which is related to the persimmon, and bears edible fruit. It can grow to 20 metres tall, but should grow to 10 metres in a garden situation. It comes from Mexico and Central America, so is best in tropical and subtropical climates. It has glossy, dense foliage, and is a handsome, symmetrical tree. One tree can bear a lot of fruit, when grown well.
It prefers moist, well drained soil in a warm sheltered postion. It is frost sensitive. It is fast growing once established. It has few pests and diseases. It may be troubled by scale, but this is easily fixed by spraying with white oil.
The fruit is around the size of a tomato, is rounded with thin olive green skin, and has brown-black pulp when ripe. The pulp is sweet and rather bland. It is nice when mixed with cream or ice cream. The fruit is harvested in spring to mid summer, when the calyx turns slightly upward and the skin turns yellowish-green. When they are picked, the fruit is hard, and they are then left to ripen. The fruit should be tested daily, and is ready when soft. The skin breaks easily when ripe. It ripens in 3-6 days after picking, if the fruit is mature. Unripe fruit is not edible.
Flower colour: White
Flowering season: spring
Maximum height: 12 metres
Minimum height: 6 metres
Maximum width: not specified
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser applied in spring.