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ALYXIA buxifolia

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Sea Box

Family: Apocynaceae

Characteristics: Shrub 2 m spread 1.5 m

Seeds per packets: 5

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An evergreen shrub with a smooth branching stem and a densely textured crown. thick glossy green, rounded pared leaves 2cm long. White tubular flowers with 5 petals occur in late spring and are followed by orange berries. The Aboriginal people used the bark to treat dysentery.

Useful as an attractive native hedging plant as it responds well to trimming.

Endemic to New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Prefers light, well-drained soils in an open sunny position, and is drought and frost resistant

Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms we recommend you research these before using them as any form of food or medicines. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need prepared before they are safe to eat or use in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. It is the purchaser responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-24°C for this species.

Seed can be slow to germinate, to help break the dormancy of this species a combination of hot water treatment and smoke treatment will generally give increased germination rates.

Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for this species.

  1. Soak seed in just boiled water and allow to cool overnight.
  2. Sow seed on a porous seed raising mix and cover to a depth of 1-2mm.
  3. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  4. The growing medium should be well draining but should remain damp between watering. Keep moist but not too wet as the seed may rot. Do not let the growing mix completely dry out. 
  5. Germination should occur in 6-26 weeks depending on the temperature and conditions. 

Pre-treatment of smoke:
Pre-treatment of smoke has proved to be moderately beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in this species.
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.


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