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WATERBUSH - WESTERN BOOBIALLA (Myoporum montanum) Seeds

WATERBUSH - WESTERN BOOBIALLA (Myoporum montanum) Seeds

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 Also called the “Western Boobialla”, Waterbush is a fast-growing shrub found on coastal dunes, river flats and salt lakes.

Myoporum montanum grows as a hairless shrub or small tree, up to 8 metres (30 ft) tall. Sweet scented flowers grow in clusters of one to five.  Flowering occurs mostly in winter and summer and is followed by fruits which are smooth or slightly rough.

It grows in a wide variety of ecosystem types, from mangrove swamps to rainforest to the Simpson Desert on a wide range of soils.

Waterbush is a hardy plant in cultivation and can tolerate drought. It is a useful screen plant in drier places.

Although no records of toxicity have been found for this species, the fruits of at least some members of this genus are known to contain liver toxins and can be harmful in large quantities.

Bush Tucker: Waterbush’s small pink-purple berries are edible, enjoyed raw or cooked as a culinary fruit, bitter with salty sweet notes, and can be used to add interesting flavour dimensions to both sweet and savory dishes.

Germination: - sow spring, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for their first few winters outdoors.