Billardiera cymosa – Sweet Apple Berry

Picture provided by Philip Clarke, from his new book Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use: Journeys of an Australian Anthropologist

A gorgeous light climbing plant with decorative flowers and small, sweet edible fruits, which can be eaten raw or cooked. They have a sweet aniseed taste. Easy to grow in a small garden, it will grow to a shrub in an open setting, or a light climber if given something to climb on. Likes a sunny spot with medium to light well drained soils. It is frost hardy, but if the plant does become damaged from hard frost, it can be cut back and may resprout from the base. Drip irrigation is beneficial in dry times.
There are a few different colour forms, from white to red to blue flowers, and these can be cultivated from cuttings. Propagation is also from seed.

Family : Pittosporaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Small shrub, Climber
Width : 3
Flowering Time : Spring
Soil Type : Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Climate Zone : Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Open foliage, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Edible, Decorative fruit, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Scientific Name: Billardiera cymosa
Common Name : Sweet Apple Berry
Height : 2
Flower Color : White, Blue, Red, Purple
pH Level : Neutral
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Cold climate
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Seed eating birds, Lizards