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Riberry

Syzygium luehmannii

Description:

Beautiful orange-pink berries on a shrub of medium height, growing in dense clusters. Leaves were small and glossy.

Habitat:

Spotted growing as a hedge along the outer garden wall - Sydney, New South Wales. The plant is indigenous to Australia, growing in Queensland and mostly northern New South Wales.

Notes:

The fruit had a spicy, beautiful flavour. I am in the habit of trying out most lilli pilli fruits and they are so varied in their flavour - this one was certainly the best. See reference for culinary use.
Also called Satinash, clove lilli pilli
Family : Myrtaceae

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3 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 months ago

My dearly departed friend and neighbour would make jam from our local trees. I've never tried to make it myself. It had a lovely flavour, from memory it was delicate yet spicy. The trees seem to like the humidity, so Brisbane and Sydney are ideal. Melbourne might be a bit cold in winter, and frosts might be an issue, although the tree could be covered. Sydney gets bad frost too, so who knows. I hope you can get your tree started soon.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 months ago

Your tree in 2013 would have had me up there with the others too...looks luscious. This particular riberry had an amazing flavour-spicy and sweet. I just wish I could have picked more. It's a pity they might not grow down South but if a native nursery has some I am going to try one in our back yard. lilli pilli jam sounds good..

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 months ago

Wonderful spotting, Leuba. These are amazing trees. I love lilli pilli jam, and other critters in the yard love the fruit. 2013 was definitely my best year for fruit. Check out what looks like a black teddy bear. https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/94...

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Sydney, Australia

Spotted on Dec 14, 2019
Submitted on Jan 22, 2020

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