A.australasica.JPG (41160 bytes)Aristotelia australasica: is a member of the Elaeocarpaceae family and is known as the Mountain Wineberry.

Aristotelia australasica is a small to medium shrub with slender growth habit. Young branches are hairy. Leaves are 58 centimetres long, 3-4 centimetres wide, ovate lanceolate, dark green above, pale and hairy beneath. Leaves are rough to the touch with finely toothed margins. Small white flowers are carried in clusters of three. They are followed by egg-shaped red berries that are eight centimetres in diameter.

Aristotelia australasica is found in cooler rainforests on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. New England National Park is a stronghold of the species. The Wineberry is common in Nothofagus forest.

The genus is cosmopolitan with species occurring not only in Australia but also New Zealand, Chile and Peru. The berries, from a New Zealand species, may have been used to make wine, hence the common name.

Aristotelia australasica is virtually unknown in cultivation but could be grown in sheltered situations. As yet we have not grown Wineberry at Yallaroo. The species may be frost tender.

Propagate from seed or cuttings.