Cedar Bay Cherry

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Eugenia reinwardtiana

Family : Myrtaceae

The Cedar Bay Cherry is a rounded shrub to about 2 metres. The leaves are dark green and glossy. They are 2 – 5 cm long and round or elliptical in shape. These leaves are relatively thick, paler on the under side and contain numerous oil glands.

Flowers are small and white with 4 petals, often occurring in groups. The succulent fruit vary from shiny, red, globular fruit in northern populations, or small, orange and pearshaped in the Townsville – Bowen area.

The Cedar Bay Cherry is a hardy plant that can withstand dry periods, but is often slow growing. It likes well-drained soils especially sandy, and will grow in full or partial shade. This shrub is very attractive to birds, particularly Figbirds, Bowerbirds and Friarbirds.

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Quick Facts

Flowers June to February
Fruit October to April
Coastal Zone Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Birds and Insects
Growth Habit Shrub
Typical Height 2m+
Soils Most Soils or Well Drained Soils
Amount of Sun Partial Sun or Shade
Amount of Water Dry Areas through to Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Moderately Tolerant

References

NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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