Billardiera cymosa

Sweet Apple Berry

Family: Pittosporaceae

Billardiera cymosa is known as the Sweet Apple Berry and is a member of the Pittosporaceae family.

The Sweet Apple Berry is a slender climber. Leaves are narrow-lanceolate and about seven centimetres long. Young shoots are covered with silky hairs. Tip pruning will increase foliage density.

Flowers are tubular with flared tips, two centimetres across, pinkish and appear in spring and early summer with sporadic flowering at other times. The flowers are followed by sausage shaped berries about two centimetres long. Berries become dark purple when ripe. Aboriginal people ate the ripe fruit and used dried berries for trading.

B. cymosa is found in Victoria and South Australia.

In the garden

There has been some interest in developing the species as a bush food. The flesh is said to have a similar texture to kiwi fruit. B. scandens has similar edible fruit.

Propagation

Propagate from seed and cuttings.

Other information

By Warren and Gloria Sheather