A.dulcis.JPG (42234 bytes)Austromyrtus dulcis: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and has several common names including: Midgen Berry and Native Blueberry.
Austromyrtus dulcis is a small, spreading shrub. Young shoots are reddish and young foliage has silky hairs.
Adult leaves are ovate to lanceolate and up to three centimetres long. They are smooth above and silky underneath.
Flowers are one centimetre across, white and carried in leaf bases. Flowering occurs between March and June and may be profuse.
Flowers are followed by a berry that is one centimetre across, brownish-white or mauve with black dots. The berries are edible and very tasty. They make excellent jam.
Midgen Berry has great potential as a bush-tucker plant
Young foliage, flowers and fruits are all attractive features. The species could be slightly frost tender. In colder areas Austromyrtus dulcis should be grown in sheltered situations or containers. Our plant is still in a pot (December 2006) but will be planted in one of our sheltered shrubberies.
Austromyrtus dulcis has limited distribution and occurs in the coastal regions of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland.
The species name means sweet tasting and refers to the delicious berries.
Propagate from seed and cuttings.