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Characteristics: Busy shrub 2-4 metres
Seeds per packet: 10
A bushy shrub or small tree usually growing 2-4 m tall and often multi-stemmed with age. Glossy leaves 6-12 cm long with 3-9 glossy leaflets.
White fragrant star shaped flowers 10-18cm long are borne in clusters at the tips of the branches or in the upper leaf forks in summer. The flowers are followed by small egg-shaped or oval fruit that turn from green to orange or bright red in colour as they mature.
Endemic to northern Queensland and Asia.
Prefers a rich well drained soil in a protected sunny position.
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Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 22-26°C.
General note: Seeds of many plants 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.