Kunzea pomifera: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as Muntries.
Kunzea pomifera is a prostrate, woody shrub that may have a spread of 1.5 metres. The leaves are small, shiny, round and five millimetres in diameter.
In late spring plants produce fluffy, white flowers that are carried on the ends of short branches. Flowers are followed by small, succulent, edible fruits (see right image). A bush food industry, based on the Muntrie’s fruit, is being established in South Australia.
Kunzea pomifera is also used for stabilising sandy soil.
Muntries could be grown as an attractive ground cover in native garden beds. The species will cope with dappled shade as well as full sun. Plants will sometimes self-layer.
Kunzea pomifera occurs in Victoria and South Australia. Muntries was introduced into cultivation in England in the late 1800’s.
The species name means apple-bearing and refers to the shape but not the size of the fruit.
Propagate from cuttings.