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Myrsine howittiana

Muttonwood

Erect small tree with rusty hairs on new growth.

Additional information

  • SynonymRapanea howittiana
  • FamilyPrimulaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size3-15 m x 2-6 m
  • Plant groupingTrees 3-25 m
  • LeavesGlossy to dull dark green oblong leaves, paler below, with rounded tips and wavy edges, 3.3-10 cm x 10-45 mm. Young leaves often toothed. Leaves bunched at the ends of branches.
  • Flower colourCream to greenish
  • Flowering timeMay to August and November to January
  • FlowersSmall flowers clustered along the leafless old wood. Small round fleshy blue fruit, December to June.
  • Bird attractingFruit
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in open to damp forests and forests along rivers (riparian). Light to moderate frosts. Partial to full shade.
  • Garden useAn interesting tree for a sheltered position. Screen plant. Can be used to replace Pittosporum undulatum which it is similar to in appearance.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1 Healesville Sanctuary ©; 2 Marilyn Bull ©; 3, 4 Colleen Miller ©

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