Billardiera pseudocymosa Klatt
Common Name: Sweet Appleberry
Billardiera cymosa is an evergreen climbing plant; it produces stems up to 3 metres long that scramble over the ground and twine into the surrounding vegetation[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Australia - South Australia, Victoria
Woodlands, mallees and coastal heaths[
], on sandy soils[
Billardiera cymosa can tolerate occasional, short-lived frosts with temperatures as low as -7°c in Australian gardens[
], though this does not relate directly to moister regions of the temperate zone due to their cooler summers and longer, colder and wetter winters. Mulching the roots in winter can provide extra protection for the plant and even if the top is cut back by the cold it might resprout from the base[
Species in this genus generally prefer a moist, well-drained, humus-rich, lime-free soil in sun or semi-shade with a cool root run[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Eaten when fully ripe, it has a delightful aniseed flavour[
]. The whitish or reddish fruit is up to 15mm long and 6mm wide[
Seed - best sown in a warm greenhouse as soon as it is ripe. Only just cover the seed. Sow stored seed in early spring in a warm greenhouse. The germination of fresh seed is usually prolific, but stored seed can take a year to germinate[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 10 - 12cm with a heel, mid summer in a frame. Fair percentage.