Origin: Related to the Lilly Pilly tree, with one of its cousins producing pungently-scented flower
buds that, when dried, become the spice we call cloves. It is a member of the Myrtle family and
this particularly species is sometimes called the Fruiting Myrtle.
Distribution: Australia, Indonesia and the Pacific Islands
Australian Distribution: Considered to be a native tree of Australia, a common shrub at Cedar
Bay in the Daintree area, but found anywhere from Bundaberg to the Torres Strait as well as into
Papua New Guinea and many other countries.
tropical and sub-tropical areas and on a range of soil types. It is quite adaptable and hardy in
either a sunny or partially shaded position. It prefers assured moisture, but will tolerate short dry
grown as a hedge. The fruits are solitary, but the flowers are small and cream coloured and cover
the whole crown of the tree. They are a decorative fruit, with a bright orange-red colour. Leaves
are shiny deep green, elliptical in shape up to 90mm long. New growth is pink maturing through
lime green. This shrub is very attractive to birds, particularly Figbirds, Bowerbirds and Friarbirds.