Real World Gardener Australian Tuckeroo is Plant of the Week

June 12th, 2015

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

 

with Jeremy Critchley owner of www.thegreengallery.com.au

and Karen Smith editor of www.hortjournal.c

tuckeroo%2Bfruits.png  The Tuckeroo is an Australian native tree is a good all-rounder that doesn’t grow too tall.

It’s not known for its flower but more for the decorative fruit  that is the favourite food of many fruit eating birds.

It’s the fruit which will catch your eye.

Rather large three sided orange berries, in bunches all over the tips of the branches.

Not only birds like the fruit but it’s the food plant for the larval stages of many butterflies such as Pale Ciliate Blue, Dark Ciliate Blue, Marginata Blue, Hairy Blue, Fiery Jewel, Common Oakblue, Fielder's Lineblue and Glistening Blue Butterflies.

 

tuckeroo%2Btree.pngAccording to information from the native tree dept. (Aust. Govt) this is a great tree along with Harpullia pendula  for the east coast of Australia and also for South Australian climates.

 

There’s a listener question about transplanting Tuckeroo trees.

The short answer is transplanting of the Tuckeroos isn’t successful.

The plants throw down a fairly large tap root and on plants up to 50cm in size the tap root is about 40cm. At that size they’re just about all tap root and no laterals, so that if you dig them up you’re likely to break that tap root and the plant won’t survive.

 

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